Just for the Record (re: Animal Torture)

Terry Donaghe (tdonaghe@yahoo.com)
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 12:02:15 -0800 (PST)

I am not a proponent of animal torture. I would never knowingly torture an animal. I suppose re: this entire discussion that ownership of an animal may need to be looked at as a different sort of ownership than the ownership of a chair, but I'm not clear as to why.

I'm from Mississippi and I remember my grandparents telling me how they used to kill hogs by dumping them live into scalding water. Then they ate 'em. Yum. Was that torture?

I'm all for the wholesale butchering of cows and hogs and fish and other yummy animals. I don't think they should be unnecessarily harmed, but I have no problem with raising animals for the sole purpose of killing em and eating em. We've (humanity) been doing it for a long, long time.

How many people say they're for ethical treatment of animals and only mean the cute ones? How many skittish vegitarians are more than willing to smack the shit out of a spider or a fly (or have their boyfriends do it for them)? How many of us give a damn when we step on an ant bed? Who'd feel bad if I shot a snake (or cut it in two with a machete)?

I'm not sure that non-sentient beings have a right to their own
"selves." Will have to have a discussion about the treatment of
bacteria and amoebas?

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