The majority of the comments and emails I've received in response to my previous post have been positive. However, between a couple (two, so far) disgruntled commentators and a small handful (three?) of indignant emails from a) vegetarians who are aghast that their consumption of animal products excluding animal flesh should be likened to the consumption of animal products including animal flesh, and b) vegans who either think that it's wrong to draw this comparison or feel that it's too demanding to ask humans who've stopped using some animal parts/products or species to make an honest effort to stop using all animal parts/products or species, I've decided to step back and offer up the following question(s) as a starting point for discussion:
- Why is (or isn't) it wrong to use or exploit nonhuman animals?
When (if at all) is it ever acceptable to knowingly use or exploit nonhuman animals?
I'm looking forward to your responses.
(P.S. Edited to remove the second question, since it's not pertinent for the sake of this discussion. I'll revisit the second one in a blog post in the near-future.)