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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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Sep. 28th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
There's no game on that list! Plus I recently had horse sausage. :-D
I think the line should be rearranged to ethically sourced vs not ethically sourced and I have the feeling we may run out of awesome fish sooner that that the line reaches the top.
Sep. 28th, 2011 09:01 pm (UTC)
Game is automatically below the line since hunting is mean.

Just kidding, that was an omission on my part. I think one should be allowed to eat anything one catches oneself!
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.
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).
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).
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).
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. : )
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.
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.
Sep. 30th, 2011 04:48 pm (UTC)
If I raised the animals myself I'd feel better about eating them.
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