I recently watched this video (see below), where the CEO of Rayfish Footwear addressed the situation where his company's rayfish breeding facilities were broken into, vandalized and the company's entire stock of live rayfish were stolen and released into the wild. If you didn't know, Rayfish Footwear breeds rayfish, they genetically alter the colours & patterns of the rayfish to consumer demands and uses their leather to make shoes which they sell at a high price of 15K. In response to the break-in, the CEO addresses a very important issue that I, have never understood nor has anyone been able to properly answer.
Why do we have an issue with the mistreatment of some animals (pets,rayfish,whales) and not others (cows,pigs,chickens)?
Why do people take such extreme actions only for animals they don't consider should be food?
I talked about this a couple months back in a vegetarianism topic but there wasn't any real discussion about it.
Some people justify killing some animals for food and I suppose I can respect that but some say that killing other animals for food is wrong? I just don't see the difference! What constitutes a just murder of an animal? Like:
Killing pigs is justifiable but killing dogs is completely cruel???
Like what perplexes me the most is that eating dogs is frowned upon but eating pigs isn't. Maybe it's me being a vegetarian for most of my life but that doesn't make sense to me :/.
"But dogs are pets!" yea but so are pigs!
"But dogs are smarter!" yea but just as much as pigs! Pigs are very intelligent and can learn some things faster than dogs! They even play video games!
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I've been a vegetarian my entire life so I may not understand, but someone please explain to me what justifies killing an animal.
I hate the people that shriek at the thought of eating a dog or a cat but go home and eat their pork without the thought of the pigs that literally screamed while entering the slaughter house.
How can people can release 200 genetically altered rayfish into the wild to 'save' them without thinking about the thousands of animals that will die due to their effect on the ecosystem?
So, what justifies the death of an animal?
That is doesn't make the animal extinct? Elephant ivory is banned as elephants are now endangered but, blue-fin tuna is still on the menu.
That the animal doesn't suffer? The rayfish were well kept (supposedly) but, chickens today are still beheaded live.
That the animal is food? Pigs are common house pets and dogs and cats are commonly used as food.
That the animal is prey? Pigs, dogs, crocodiles, cats, rattlesnakes, chickens, and various other animals people commonly eat are omnivores and in the middle of the food chain.
You see all these crying kids in Africa on TV but have you ever looked around at all the homeless scattered across every street.
Why do we choose to protect some animals and neglect others that are worse off?
What's so wrong about eating dogs and cats?