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December 17, 2009

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Tim

Goodness gracious, Jeff, you're having a field day with my comments. I wasn't offering a complete tome on the subject, but only pointing out an inconsistency in the approach of those who preach vegeatianism to the rest of us.

I had started off by saying that man should be humane in the manner in which he obtains food. Just because I've defended meat-eating doesn't mean that I've defended cruelty to animals. By no means. My actual point was that many people feel it's morally wrong for man to eat animals, yet there is little reflection on the fact that animals eat animals. That's the gist of my comments, Jeff. Don't have a heart attack over it, or exaggerate my meaning.

I also find it interesting when those opposed to eating meat present their case with a moral tinge - we "shouldn't" eat meat because it's "wrong." Could I dare ask, what is the source of this system of morality or ethics that is often appealed to? Why should we meat-eaters feel "guilty" for our conduct? Are there moral absolutes after all?

Tim

By the way, the last time I offered comments on this blog on a subject other than radios, I got hauled over the coals for it. But Jeff, YOU'VE clearly put the topic of radios aside and ventured into the controversial topic of vegetarianism. I'm only responding to you're non-radio articles, okay? I don't want to read complaints that I've once again gotten the blog off topic.

Jeffrey McMahon

Tim, your comments are legit and raise important questions. No one should haul you over the coals. I wouldn't post them if I thought they were not worthy. They further the discussion. I believe there's a lot of truth about nature being brutal.

Jesse Menn

Show me the bovine Tolstoy and...

We did an "Animal Studies" section in my (just-finished-thank-god-finals-are-over) Lit Theory class recently, I'll see if I can dig up the articles and forward them to you. They all came out of the March 09 PMLA -- some interesting stuff in there.

Jeffrey McMahon

Right on, Jesse. Thanks. Tough topic for me. No easy answers.

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