Vegan Grandma

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

A Good Website for Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Vegans and animal rights advocates are often asked questions by people who either want to discredit animal rights and veganism, or by people who are truly interested. We are asked questions such as "Humans are at the top of the food chain; aren't they therefore justified in killing and eating anything?"; or "In Nature, animals kill and eat each other; so why should it be wrong for humans?"; or "Isn't it hypocritical to kill and eat plants?" There is a wonderful web site that answers these questions, and more, .

Here is their answer to one of the questions:

Question 12: "The animals are raised to be eaten; so what is wrong with that? This question has always seemed to me to be a fancy version of "But we want to do these things, so what is wrong with that?" The idea that an act, by virtue of an intention of ours, can be exonerated morally is
totally illogical."

"But worse than that, however, is the fact that such a belief is a
dangerous position to take because it can enable one to justify some
practices that are universally condemned. To see how this is so,
consider the following restatement of the basis of the question:
‘Suffering can be excused so long as we breed them for the purpose.’ "
"Now, cannot an analogous argument be used to defend a group of
slave holders who breed and enslave humans and justify it by saying ‘but
they're bred to be our workers’? Could not the Nazis defend their
murder of the Jews by saying ‘but we rounded them up to be killed’?"

If a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth - beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals - would you concede them the rights over you that you assume over other animals? ~Attributed to George Bernard Shaw


  • At 10:31 PM, Blogger Urban Vegan said…

    It's always great to have these responses ready for the ubiquitous, tiresome, needling question.

  • At 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just wanted to say Hi to you Vegan Grandma !

    I agree with Urban Vegan. Sometimes I wish I had a list of things to respond to stupid questions.


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