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May. 5th, 2014 11:47 am Rapeless Mondays5 notes - Make notesPrevious Entry Share Next Entry

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From:maestrodog
Date:May 5th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
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While I applaud your ideal, I don't think comparing eating meat to rape is a fair comparison. The difference is that molesting or raping a person does not produce any kind of end product that someone can actually use or consume without knowing where it came from or what was used to make it.

I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that there is no such thing as a total removal from the world's evils for any kind of material survival or privilege, unless you want to isolate yourself from humanity and provide 100% of all your needs and wants personally. The clothes you wear, the computer you used to write this post, the building you or your spouse work in to get that financial stability you have, all were produced with several resources that can all probably be traced to something bad...harsh child labor, human abuse (such as hiring illegal immigrants for the building construction under harsh conditions and paying them pittance wages), animal exploitation (I'm sure there are pieces of things you use every day whose parts could also be traced to exploited animals...many industrial oils used to build machine parts, for instance, contain some animal by-product, not to mention the pollution emitted from computer-building facilities destroys the environment), or questionably-obtained funds through criminal/illegal activity. There is simply no escaping it.
From:funcrunch
Date:May 5th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
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While I applaud your ideal, I don't think comparing eating meat to rape is a fair comparison. The difference is that molesting or raping a person does not produce any kind of end product that someone can actually use or consume without knowing where it came from or what was used to make it.


I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. My position is that the origin of the "end product" - the animal's flesh, milk, or eggs - is irrelevant because the use of animals for food is inherently inhumane unless necessary for survival. My goal is for people to not "use" animals at all.

I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that there is no such thing as a total removal from the world's evils for any kind of material survival or privilege, unless you want to isolate yourself from humanity and provide 100% of all your needs and wants personally.


That's absolutely true, and total isolation from humanity, even if possible, would not prevent causing some harm to other sentient beings either. However, I strongly believe that it is entirely possible for the vast majority of humans to live very well without consuming animal products, and the breeding of domestic animals for consumption is responsible for the overwhelming majority of their suffering and death. Most other uses of animals are byproducts of raising and slaughtering them for food.