Thursday, 21 March 2013 - 12:06 PM EDTName: "Cao Xueqin"
thank you for speaking out, L. there aren't easy answers but the more aware folks are of the troubling questions the better.
anthro historical sidenote: i wonder how much we really know about what the native americans of brooklyn and queens diets were like? not that they could be replicated but...
Monday, 21 October 2013 - 10:46 AM EDTName: "Michael "
I thought I'd chime in about the pet food issue raised in this months-old post. Over here, we're committed to a vegetarian (sometimes vegan) diet for a lot of the reasons you mention, and yet we don't feel bad at all about giving our little dog, Pinky, as much lamb-based dog food as she can eat. The thinking is that since most dog (and cat, I think) food is made from waste products that are the result of other people's bad habit of meat consumption, we're just making the best of a bad situation: what Pinky eats would all get tossed into the incinerator if it didn't make its way to her dish. Of course, maybe the profitability of a secondary dog food market makes manufactures continue wasteful practices, but who knows. Nevertheless, little Pinky, unlike her human friends, is quite a picky eater and doesn't have much of a taste for much beyond that which can be striped from the bone. Given that domesticated dogs (and perhaps cats too) are the result of centuries of human intervention, and that they don't exactly have much to say about their lot in life (especially those found in a shelter), I'm not sure if I would feel super great about not giving her the fleshy treats she love so much. Sure, we get pleasure from having a dog around the house, but for me there's also a question of the duty that we have to a species that we've evolved to be largely dependent on us. I'm sure there are a lot of other ways to think about it, but for us, this seems to make some margin of sense.