Tuesday, May 16, 2006

How can you eat anything so cute?

The San Diego Zoo saved these adorable monkeys from being sold for meat in Africa (from this National Geographic article):

How dare anyone want to eat these little guys, right? Look at those big, starving-African-child eyes.

Is it rational for cuteness to affect how we view the eating of a particular animal? Shouldn't intelligence and the nervous system be the distinguishing features? Perhaps monkeys are too advanced to kill, but what about rabbits?

I have never understood why people who eat meat without restriction become shocked and appalled by practices no worse than eating beef--particularly when it comes to rabbit and wearing fur. The cruelty people object to is, perhaps, not on behalf of the animals themselves; the cute thing is an image that represents one's children, and the viewer feels personally harmed by the killing for that reason only.


Blogger mcg said...

If God didn't intend for us to eat animals, he would not have made them out of meat.

1:49 PM  

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