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  1. an unethical vegan (reply)

    December 27, 2011 at 13:11

    Yuki Yoshida of Tokyo Vegefood Festa, a vegan festival in Japan which attracts 30 to 40,000 people, made an extended point about the violence inherent in animal based food industry. She portrays it as a war against other species carried out by the same people both at an elite level; the capitalistic and bureaucratic, and on the ground, that elite abusing a marginal or working class men being as a soldiers or slaughtermen. Individuals largely trapped by society and without other options.

    Singer raises an issue which I have been thinking about recently, humanity’s apparently sub-conscious collective desire to eradicate all the other top predators from this planet, e.g. large feline carnivores in Africa or dolphins in Asia.

    For me, the latter underlines for areas where the ‘vegan theory’ has not been completely developed into a practical proposal for evolution towards a plant based future, and raises a difficult anomalies, e.g. why sympathy for carnivores over other herbivore like ourselves!

    I find that many vegans become very defensive when issues are raise that cross the boundaries of simplistic vegan rhetoric, especially into areas where “being vegan” might not be the solution or simply dry up where no stock answer exists, e.g. where the vegan MP Kerry McCarthy was challenged over the use of pastural land not suitable for plant farming and did not have a prepared answer.

    Of course, there may be environmental reasons why predators are good for environmental system. I just question the inconsistencies of why, say, dolphins which are total predators given to gang rape and infanticide, receive so much more consideration than, say, the far less sexy dugong which are total herbivores.

    In our role as the stewards of this planet, should our expanding circle of ethics also not apply, in some form, as a code to judge the virtue and value of other species and their behaviour, in the same way as we apply it to human beings, i.e. punishment and rewards, incarceration for dangerous elements etc.

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