Hominids going after scraps left by other preditors seems to be at least 1
million years old.. Human predation of animals goes back possibly 800,000
years. I say that predation of animals is linked more solidly to
biological/evolutionary behavior; whereas Roman gladiators were of a
psycho-social variety of something, very wrong, happening occuring in a
society. Because the executed 'gladiator' could no longer contribute
economically to the society that slain them.
Speculation: once 'meat' is produced from non-animal sources, well enough to
satisfy consumers; then actual animal meat from killed animals will
dissipate. The trick is to develop the technology.
In a message dated 02/12/2000 10:24:01 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Pain and death of eaten animals don't seem to lower GWP, if you don't
> count the animals, and they can't hurt you back. Gladiator fights
> would probably increase entertainment spending; killing off people
> advocating voluntary simplicity, may increase GWP as well.
> Inequality of income and social positions also causes some suffering,
> but it gives people more incentives to produce...
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