Family and Pets
•Meals offer story time for families
–Grandparents who encourage eating meat; weighing children to determine health
•Many people have pets
•Would you consider eating your pet?
–Maybe a dog you weren’t conditioned to?
Fish and Factory Farming
•Is it right to have nets 30 miles long?
•Is it morally acceptable to overfish our oceans?
–What about fish farms?
•Is it morally acceptable to keep animals in concrete confinement with limited mobility?
–What about letting “downers” die from exposure?
•The diversity of farm life has been lost
PETA and the doors they open
–Points made and things are accomplished from their work
•Would you ever cross the fence to help the animals?
•“It’s a bad mistake to confuse something unpleasant with something wrong”
–PETA wants to end factory farming (and farming in general), but family farms will never be able to support a worlds population when people want cheaper food
Is meat necessary?
•It is an individuals choice, not a species
–“it’s always possible to wake someone from sleep, but no amount of noise will wake someone who is pretending to be asleep”
•Unethical to kill an animal?
•How much pain is acceptable?
–“it’s going to die anyways”
•180 million chickens are improperly slaughtered every year
–4 million go into the scalding tanks fully alive ad conscious
–“every week millions of chickens leaking yellow pus, stained by green feces, contaminated by harmful bacteria, or marred by lung and heart infections, cancerous tumors, or skin conditions are shipped for sale to consumers”
•Cattle are slaughtered at 12-14 months of age
•Plants want the animals to bleed out quickly, “too dead” is bad
–Some plants deliberately choose less effective knocking methods
–Conscious animals are often processed
•Again, where is the limit on how much pain these animals should endure?
•“If nothing matters, there’s nothing to save”