Animal Ethics

I just had a discussion with someone regarding ethical issues on animal consumption. Perhaps that person might be cursing and writing something atrocious about me on his blog right now but we shall put that aside. There is something more pressing that I have to explain and write out. Do note that the content might be a little too extreme for extremeenvironmentalist and people that cannot think logically or accept a different idea (In short stubborn people). If you seriously seriously die die cannot accept dog and cat consumption or even bear to read about it, I suggest you don’t read on. It’ll just make me your enemy.

So yes, rather than an argument it is more like a polite debate. Yes, very polite with occasional F words in it. At least, I was polite. So there’s this person talking about how it is bad stuff to eat shark fin soup as they are already endangered. I have to completely agree with him regarding this matter as it is a very serious issue. People are catching sharks just for their fins. After removing their fins from the chondrichthyes they are tossed back into sea, unable to swim and hunt for food. That is worst THAN murder. How could they torture such poor animals? Other animals such as sea cucumber and sea urchins should also be consumed less. You might not know the significance of these animals but they are really important in the aquatic ecosystem. Let me give you a brief explanation.

Sea Cucumber
Sea Urchin

The next paragraph is mumbo-jumbo. Read only if it really piques your interest.

Sea urchins are grazers that reduce the amount of algae on coral reefs. As some of you might already know, coral reefs are extremely important in the aquatic ecosystem as they provide extensive services to algae, protists and other fishes. Algae (to be more precise it is protist but for the convenience of non-science people I shall call it algae) such as Zooxanthellae provides food and growth assistance to corals in return for waste substances that are beneficial to the algae such as sulphur and nitrogen in this symbiotic relationship. Grazers such as sea urchins reduce the amount of zooxanthellae on the surface of the coral by eating them to ensure that the coral is not overtaken by these algae. Imagine if all the sea urchins are dead. Zooxanthellae will take over the coral population and this irreversible condition is termed as the ‘algae shift’. Corals will be destroyed and fishes would not be able breed. Sea cucumbers on the other hand are bioturbators. They soften the soil, aerate the soil and disperse nutrients. (I would seriously love to talk about how the fish industry is going to collapse and about the Allee effect but it is too mumbo-jumbo so just google it if you are interested). For this I have to agree with that person but the main point isn’t on sharks and echinoderms now.

And that person got so pissed and mad because he cannot accept. Why laaaa? Different people got different opinion ma. Don’t need to attack me first. Anyway let’s focus on the issue.

Culture and Tradition

What makes it wrong to eat cats and dogs but it is perfectly fine to eat chicken, cows and goats. Indeed many people would say that it is inhumane to eat dogs and cats due to the fact that they are human’s best friends or pets. But to say that, it is an obvious display of speciesm (Macam racism la). In our culture, it is true that we have emotional attachments to them as pets, friends or even family. However, what about other cultures and traditions? Does it not apply on dogs and cats? Just because the majority of human beings find dogs and cats more lovable than chickens and cows does not mean that it is inhumane to eat them.

What’s happening in the world now is that humans are making a whole lot of fuss on dogs and cats consumption BECAUSE they are pets and they are cute! However, chickens and cows are ALSO pets and they could be close to humans or even closer than a dog or a cat. It is very subjective. Just because most people find dogs and cats more appealing they are making a move to STOP their consumption. Okay. Sure. What the fuck?! Are you FUCKING ME?! I apologize for the vulgarity but, what kind of reasoning is that? So let’s say I have chickens as pets. I find them extremely cute and warm, enough to make me jizz. Can I form a group with chicken lovers and make a move to STOP people from eating chicken? No, am I right? Let’s talk about Hindus. Their cows are sacred. They are like their Gods. And, we are eating them like nobody’s business. Burger lembu, steak, curry beef and whatever you can think off. Is it okay for them to STOP us from eating beef? Well, perhaps dogs and cats are our friends, but cows are the Hindu’s Fluxxing GOD! You are eating their GOD! Are they making a big fuss??! Are you willing to stop eating? Seriously, you people (including me) couldn’t care less and eat them regardless. Are we inhumane then? We are eating Gods. And you people are making such a fuss when people are eating dogs? ROFLMFAO!

Firstly, just ask yourself this question. What makes it okay to eat cows, chickens and fish, but not dogs and cats? Yes dogs and cats are pets, but cows can’t be pets? Fishes are pets too. Many of my friends have fishes at home. So cannot eat fish edi izzits? Don’t give me the excuse that dogs are cute, friendly and nice unlike cows and fishes that are fated to be slaughtered and eaten. If you think that way, you just pawned yourself. You are basically classifying animals and that is unethical. This, we shall talk in the next section. And before I move on to the next section, if you respect other people’s culture, stop condemning dog consumption unless if it is a valid issue. I do respect your opinion and your reluctancy to eat dogs and cats because I am the same. I find dogs too cute for ME to eat.

Animal Hierarchy

Look, in terms of biology AND ethics, there is no such thing as higher animals or lower animals. There isn’t any hierarchy for living things. Do refer to the slide above (Taken from BIOL1030 Lecture Notes on Biodiversity and the Environment). So how can any of you say that a human is more superior as compared to a rat? Dogs and cats are much more superior when compared to chickens? No no no. Every single living thing on earth is undergoing evolution, although slow. It is not as if the bacteria are undergoing evolution while the monkeys and the rest are in a static mode. Wrong! It is a misconception! Although it is not very visible, every single living thing is! It is called co-evolution! It is an undeniable fact that humans are more complex than a bacterium, a little worm and a bird. However, it is not right to say that we are of higher level or class. There’s many thing an archaea and a bacterium can do that we cannot. Can we live in sulphur lakes? Can we swim like fishes? Can we become dormant and live on for 100000 years like a bacterium? No, we cannot. Every single organism has their own living strategies. We might be smarter than other animals, and dogs and cats COULD be more intelligent than chickens. But that does not determine what animals can be eaten or what can’t right? If food is based on intelligence, many of the dumbfucks in the world would have been eaten by me already!

We can definitely and absolutely classify animals into their respective phylum, class family and order. BUT, they are still living things, and THAT, is a fact. Unless if eating dogs cause diseases, then it is absolutely fine to do something. Some does, and will be discussed in the next section. If you find eating dogs so disgusting and cruel and evil, don’t eat then. I don’t feel comfortable and will never eat them as well, but I do not agree on what you people are saying.

Diseases and Harm to the Environment

Yes and true. There are reports claiming that eating dogs and cats will spread some kind of weird and random diseases. If animal lovers are using this as an excuse to stop dogs and cats consumption, then I have nothing to say but to AGREE completely. If they are causing harm, of course something must be done. But what if they are not? They will be just like chickens and cows then. Food. If you have the heart to eat a once alive animal, please don’t condemn eating dogs and cats unless if they spread disease. Let’s talk about endangered species then. Yes, some animals are facing extinction and of course it will be disastrous to the ecosystem. For an ecosystem to be stable, biodiversity is a must. Again, it is very technical so I will not elaborate @@ So, are dogs and cats going to be extinct? Nope, far from that. Way too far. “Cats and Dogs, are nowhere in the forseeable future threatened by extinction, so what makes them so different from all the other animals we farm, breed, slaughter every day in the hundreds of thousands for food? “ (Wong 2011). So then. Seriously. If you really love animals, don’t eat them. Simple. I’m just flummoxed and baffled by you people’s(Not saying you la har) hypocrisy. Preposterous!

Note: Please don't be offended k? Just an article of my opinion =)