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* Fish
* Chicken
* Pig
* Cow
* Lamb
* Rabbit
* Shark
* Frog

=== THE LINE ===

* Dolphin
* Rodent
* Insect
* Horse
* Camel
* Dog
* Cat
* Human (stranger)
* Human (acquaintance)
* Human (family)
* Human (self) ?

In our society, you can eat everything above THE LINE, and nothing below. The ordering and placement of THE LINE are both somewhat subjective, but you get the point.

My theory is that THE LINE will constantly move up that list until it's not acceptable to eat any animals. It will take a very long time. This is not to say that societies where THE LINE is in a different place than ours are necessarily better or worse societies.

In the interest of full disclosure, I enjoy eating the occasional animal.

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ellenlouise
Sep. 28th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think shark is below the line and fish should be lower.

I also think horse and insect should be above the line. Because are we talking "gross" or "morally repugnant"? Surely eating insects is not morally repugnant.
bostonsteamer
Sep. 28th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
We're talking social acceptability which is why I put horse and insect where they are. Though insect is becoming a sort of novelty food so I think it's moving up the list.

The test I gave myself as I wrote the list is "If it was on the menu while dining out with a group of people I respect, would I feel comfortable ordering this?" (Ignoring dietary restrictions).
ellenlouise
Sep. 28th, 2011 09:03 pm (UTC)
Many sharks are endangered! We should not be eating them any more than we should be eating dolphins.

I have eaten horse with friends (in Germany).
bostonsteamer
Sep. 28th, 2011 09:08 pm (UTC)
True! But the list isn't about ethics, it's about social acceptability. That's why I didn't include bluefin tuna, which is critically endangered yet we gladly eat at sushi restaurants without a second thought.

I might have had horse in Prague but I'm still not sure (the English menu was weird).

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