Saturday, 18 July 2009
So, I had a camper say this the other day at our campout. I didn't really say much, because obviously she is just a nice little kid who wouldn't want someone in charge of her challenging her beliefs.
But I can pretty much assure you that such a blanket statement is definitely false. First of all:
-Did God put your dog or cat on this planet because you are supposed to eat him? If so, what are you waiting for, already? Or is it just "You CAN eat the animal, or you can not."
-Second: God placed animals on the planet for us to eat... just as he placed guns on earth so that we could blow each other up. Well, no, not really. Just because he plants the tree with the serpent that is specifically designed to tempt us, does not necessary follow that we are, indeed, supposed to eat the forbidden apple, or that he intends for us two.
-Third: the entire argument presupposes God. Which is not definite. And as far as I know, from a Christian perspective, there is no part of the bible that claims this exactly. In fact, at some points it specifically says NOT to eat certain foods (and by foods I mean, meats) indicating that God really did not intend all animals for consumption.
-Fourth: Okay, need it really be said? I shall say it, then: POISON DART FROGS. PORTUGUESE MAN OF WAR. The HUNDREDS of animals on earth where consumption would prove painful, if not lethal. I'm going to go out on a limb and say they weren't placed here for us to eat them. Unless God has some rather sinister plans in store for us...
-Fifth: It is a very hominicentric point of view, and I know there's a nicer word for that, but I forget. Humans are no more the center or crowning glory of the living world any more than the universe revolves around the earth (it doesn't). In terms of survival, adaptation and population, bacteria and insects are the rightful "rulers" of earth's biosphere.
-Sixth: The only way this works, in the end, if you specifically say "God put CERTAIN animals on earth for us to eat them." And then ignore that God probably did not place said animals in factory farms where they pick up loads of hormones and antibiotics to load up your receiving body with... well, anyhow.
So the point of this is:
Vegetarians... are awesome because they would never use this fail logic.
Tofu even LOOKS happy. How often do you think slaughtered cows smile? Yeah, exactly. Never.