Nic’s review of Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals > Likes and Comments

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message 1: by Beck (new)

Beck I think you mean "per se," not "per say."

message 2: by Nic (new)

Nic Beck wrote: "I think you mean "per se," not "per say.""

You are right. *Ka-fix* That's what I get for posting while sleepy.

message 3: by Nic (new)

Nic Beck wrote: "I think you mean "per se," not "per say.""


message 4: by Becky (new)

Becky Wait, why is it better to feed kittens to pythons than rats? I would think it's morally equivalent at best.

Graham and I were just talking about how Europeans/Americans have such a strong taboo against eating insects. I decided that I would totally eat grasshopper burgers (made from grasshopper flour) if they were on the market and yummy, but I have to admit I don't think I could handle the crunchy intact variety. I'm still surprised that there are not more pescatarian-types out there eating insects, though. I mean instant low-impact protein!

message 5: by Nic (new)

Nic Basically, the kittens vs. rats rationale boiled down to:

1. Cats eat meat and (captive/pet) rats don't, and pet cats also tend to hunt even when they don't need to eat, so they cause more animal death/suffering than do rats

2. By the same token, cats eat far less meat than do pythons (which only need one large meal every few months, I believe)

I believe the author was talking in terms of kittens that were already dead, though I'm not sure where all these dead kittens are supposed to come from. Even given that, the author says he likes cats and would never actually do this, which is reassuring. (Proving that a thing follows a kind of ethical logic and then shuffling his feet and saying, "I don't do that, though," is kind of a theme for him here.)

message 6: by Becky (new)

Becky Huh, okay. It seems like an odd argument to make in the first place, though, since if you are interested in minimizing your facilitation of animal death in any form, you're not going to own a python in the first place!

I suppose you could make a case for, say, feeding pythons in zoos with shelter kittens rather than breeding rats for the purpose. If Voldemort built a zoo he might think it was a good idea.

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