Author: Evan Lester
Today's discussion was about animals and animal ethics by Peter Singer. One aspect we looked at was the way he said that Australians can continue to eat the animals there and we cannot. We have to become vegetarians because we don’t treat the animals as nicely as the Australians according to Singer. Larissa had a good point about this by saying, “What makes them any different than us?” I think that is a good point. We feed the animals we eat and we give them land to roam. What else could the animals ask for?!
Also, I brought up the discussion about whether it should be better to hunt the animals we eat or would it be better to have it manufactured. According to Singer, it would be better to hunt the animals for food than to go through the horrific process that the manufacturers make the animals go through before they are killed for food. I think that I would rather have my meat processed before I eat it. I honestly don’t want any diseases from an animal, but I do not know about you! Also, I think that it is good to hunt animals and kill them for us. We are human beings. Keaton brought up the good discussion by saying that we have the capability to build cities, write books, and more. I think also that we have a better mental capacity to do these things. Larissa brought up the counterpoint of chimpanzees. I agree they have a good mental capacity, but then again their mental capacities are still less than ours.
Another point about hunting is that our country would be overpopulated if it was not for hunters and fishermen/fisherwomen. People would be hitting deer all of the time and squirrels could possibly rule the world! I mean look…. The squirrels did turn off the power on MTSU’s campus one time. This caused some classes to be canceled……… others not…… But anyway, the squirrels turned off the power on campus. I mean come on! This shows that they have the power to do anything. I AM JUST JOIKING!! But what I am really trying to say is that if we do not continue to hunt animals, then the world will have a problem with the animals overpopulating the land/Earth.
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The final point I want to make is that Keaton said that we should stop doing the factory issues like the cruel things they do to animals. I do agree with this because I do not think that the animals should be mistreated. I would not want to be the animals under that type of environment. I think it comes down to do what you would do to others as you would want them to do to you. Therefore, I think that the factories and animal farms should treat the animals nicely, or at least put themselves in their shoes, and treat them properly.
DQ: What do you think about God? Do you think there are different views people could take about God?
FQ: Q: According to ___________________, God does not exist apart from our faith in him.
Here is some more information about Singer. I did not know that he is not only the “most influential living philosopher,” but he is also called the “most dangerous man in the world!”