Re: Extropians and animal rights

Ian Goddard (
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 20:51:30 -0500

At 08:40 AM 1/13/99 -0700, Dick wrote:
>Ian writes:
>>Also, most primates aren't carnivores, and
>>as I recall, if they eat any flesh it's less
>>than 10% of their diet (the great apes are
>>strict vegetarians), and so the idea of a
>>human "hunting instinct" seems debatable.
>Actually, chimps will enthusiastically eat meat when the opportunity
>presents itself. They've even been known (very occasionally) to stalk and
>kill small animals for food. The other great apes do seem to be strict
>vegetarians, though.

IAN: I didn't say that chimps don't eat meat, I said flesh can be around 10% of their diet. That still doesn't make them carnivores, i.e., members of the Carnivora order.

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