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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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bugorama
Sep. 28th, 2011 10:17 pm (UTC)
this is random!

i'm surprised the pig is above cow and lamb, since there are so many religious restrictions against pork. you forgot goat meat too. and what about shellfish?

maybe in your circles it feels like that line is moving up, but we live among hard-core meat eaters. of course, mostly everyone is eating meat produced by themselves or someone they know ......

we're planning to get into animal production soon, and actually it's kind of an interesting intellectual/ethical exercise for me. i consume animal products, so i feel like i should be ok with growing and slaughtering them, but the idea of it is still hard. i need to explore this more sometime, not on YOUR lj. : )
calliste
Sep. 29th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Same thought here (about slaughtering). I'll probably have the dubitable honor to cut open a hunted animal end of October and will see from there if I can handle skinning/gutting something dead.
bostonsteamer
Sep. 30th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Pix or it didn't happen!

But really, I'd love to see some photos of your hunting class, it sounds interesting.
bostonsteamer
Sep. 30th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
If I raised the animals myself I'd feel better about eating them.

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