Re: Extropians and animal rights

Ian Goddard (
Sun, 10 Jan 1999 14:31:28 -0500

At 10:06 AM 1/10/99 -0600, Natasha Vita-More wrote:

>We now can afford to be vegetarian, and the foods produced these days for
>vegetarians are substantial and contain the necessary nutrients, we no
>longer need to hunt and kill animals for food. Regardless of meat eaters
>excuses that there are farms that breed animals for food and that is their
>purpose and justify this as necessary for human nutrition, I have
>difficulty in understanding the defense. The cow has nerve endings and
>feels pain. The cow also reproduces and cares for its young. The look of
>horror on the cows face when it is sent to the slaughter house is a vision
>I try not to draw up from my memory bank.
>The sport of killing animals for fun, not for food, does still occur and is
>legal, unless the animals is a protected species. This type of sport is so
>foreign to me that I am deeply saddened by this type of activity and
>represents a sub-human psychology in killing life just for fun.

IAN: Well stated! I see the extropian meme as inherently antithetical to death and acts of harm & aggression against sentient beings, with the awareness that there are inherently conflicts between human and nonhuman claims, but the goal is to zero-out harm to others.

Humans need to get space-born so that they can stop stepping on the little guys on Earth.

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