Posted by devin at 04/07/2014
Thought I'd pose a philosophical vegan question out of pure curiosity. I've run this by my vegan wife and would like to know other's take on it.
In that farm animals are raised for the sole purpose of consumption, do you think they would prefer a limited life span with eventual slaughter or would instead choose non existence? Now in this scenario we will presuppose (I realize this is not reality) that all animals are treated with kindness and humanely and enjoy a life, albeit limited, of sunshine, fresh air, green pastures and the company of their fellow animals. In addition, slaughter would be as quick, painless and stress free as possible. It should also be noted that the animals will never have an inkling of their eventual demise at any time throughout their life.
Knowing that the vast majority of these animals would never exist apart from the need for human consumption, I have often wondered what path I would choose if I were an animal with these 2 options.
Thanks for your thoughts.
The question might be, "Do we really need to kill other animals and eat them?"
The answer is very subjective. In today's world some people have little choice because of where they live, or because of the ravages of war. For most Americans, there is no need to kill any animals for food.
Kimberley J06/03/2014 09:16:38
Interesting theoretical concept.
Besides: It is impossible to choose inexistence. Because if you don't exist you cannot make a choice at all. :-)
Let's suppose that Humans were given a short life in which they were bred solely for the purpose to feed another. At birth we were taken from our Mothers and Fathers, kept in small, unnatural housing. We were fed from the scraps and refuse of other food industries, including often times the offal of other Humans. Females were yearly raped, while males not of breeding capacity were castrated, and as numbers grew to large, killed and processed. Confinement was subject to sickness and injury. Treatment was brutal and abusive. In short, life was one of horror, pain and subjugation. Would Humans then choose Life?