Hi. I have been having some ethical questions asked of me lately. Questions like, if all animals feel emotions, do you really think a cow grieves for her baby as long a human mother does? Do you really think a baby squirrel is as important as a human baby? What about a baby chimp? Are they as important as a human baby? If you had to choose who dies, would you ever choose a non human? I am more evenly torn than most people, since of course I know a squirrel does not have as much awareness as a human, yet I think they have a right to live. I feel torn, but at the same time, I think it is a dangerous slope. I am totally against the idea you can only think about animals when it does not conflict with people. But, I would never put a squirrel over a baby, but I don’t believe in animal testing, even if it was scientifically accurate. I believe Ingrid Newkirk when she said: When it comes to pain, love and joy, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. And what about pigs and chickens, who have the same abilities as a human child? I don’t completely accept the idea that humans always love their babies more, but I know most animals are not going, oh, is my baby being hurt today? ( but I know some do) What I mean is, I am having a hard time with philosophical questions, like if a pig is as intelligent as a human child, why is it better for them to die than a human baby( im not saying the human baby should die)
I am having a hard time reconciling these questions.
A lot of people get the idea that it’s okay to torture non human animals because they are not as smart or as capable as we are, but they’d never say the same of a disabled person. They are simply seeking approval of their unjustifiable actions.
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