May 14, 2010
Posted by scott at May 14, 2010 06:25 AM
It seems that dogs in space are making the headlines once more, only this time it's because they're on the menu. If it's raised as food it should be consumed as such. That said, I think I now have a little more ammunition when I politely decline to visit a Chinese buffet.
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The difference between a pet and lunch is the fact that someone has formed an emotional bond with the animal. I eat cows every day, but I wouldn't want to eat a pet cow without permission of the person who raised it, even though it would eventually grow old and die and be a total pain to bury (seriously, that's close to a ton of rotting flesh that needs to be put deep enough into the ground that scavengers won't dig it up).
In a world that's dominated by humans, what we believe and dream of is a powerful force. Not powerful enough to overrule the laws of physics, but powerful enough that we could denude this entire planet of life in a poorly-conceived attempt to.