05 July 2011

TDIV Q&A: What if I can't buy that humans and animals are equal?

It seems like most vegans won't eat animals because they think animals and humans are equal. Most people can't buy into that theory, so how do you respond?

I understand that it is difficult for humans to believe that we may be on equal footing to all other creatures of earth. However, for those that do believe that we are the superior species, my question to you is, “Shouldn’t we know better?”

As humans we have been blessed with logic, compassion, and the ability to know right from wrong. Don’t those qualities tell us, absolutely, that we have no business taking the life of another creature, especially when it is not imperative to our survival? (Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to be perfectly healthy on a 100 percent plant-based diet. And, nowadays in developed countries we have a wide variety of resources at our disposal to keep us warm and dry.)

If we are “above” animals and we know that it is possible to live without bringing animals into the world only to kill them, shouldn’t we do everything in our power to live in that manner?

So to answer your question, if you believe that as humans we are superior to animals, then you should be even more inclined to refrain from any action that would cause the suffering of another.

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Daelyn Fortney | @daelyn | email
Daelyn is the co-founder and managing director of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to her work at TDIV, Daelyn homeschools her three daughters.

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