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This is a graphic video of a crime as brutal [IMHO] as the crime described in "Hate Crimes Still Happen". This crime happened approximately one year after your posting.
Harry,Well your generalization that religious people think humans have dominion over animals is coming from a particular religious view. If you are Buddhist, Hindu, or Jain you certainly don't think humans have the right to kill animals despite the differences between humans and animals. Being the same or different from animals doesn't give us the right to kill them which is the axiom your logic is based on.
We are certainly different from animals as we have the potential for introspection and spiritual development which is something animals can't do. So your second IF is invalid.
What determines what is right? The answer is whether we are inflicting pain on others. No amount of rationalization can rightly justify hurting others. (Although that doesn't stop us). If you have any doubt whether animals feel pain, listen to the scream of an animal being butchered.
Equating killing animals with killing humans presents one with a logical dilemma.
IF humans are intrinsically different, as religious people generally believe, (based upon the Genesis story where God tells Adam that the animals are under his dominion), THEN killing an animal is different than killing a person.
And IF we are just another animal, as evolutionists believe, THEN the question is moot. The stronger animals always kill the weaker. It is no less ethical for a human to kill a goose than it is for a lion to kill an antelope.
Brian thank you for sharing your video pics. I am generally a big fan of your work and listen to your show almost every day but I am left wondering why you have posted the goose egg oiling basics video. To me it is unethical. Why do we feel we have the right to kill a living animal inside an egg. Is the reason because geese create problems for us? Well by that logic we can justify killing people too. I feel that this is reflective of our attitude that animal suffering doesn't matter. My view is that if a living being can feel pain and suffering then we ought to be concerned about protecting it. We bear the responsibility of having a conscience and our superior mental faculties only have meaning if we use them to reduce suffering and not pursue our excessively selfish interests.
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