17/03/2008

Happy pig,

A Happy Pig

picture of a happy pig
"It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question."
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism (1863)

The non-human animals we factory-farm and butcher are functionally akin to human babies and toddlers in their capacity to suffer. A fondness for the taste of human flesh is not reckoned a compelling moral argument for cannibalism. By parity of reasoning, to abuse and kill our fellow creatures because we like the taste of their flesh is morally indefensible too. For pigs, like small children, ought to be happy.

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