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September 22, 2010

Controlled Extinction?

Filed under: Comment — Aravinda @ 4:59 am

The New York Times

The Meat Eaters

By JEFF MCMAHAN, September 19, 2010, 5:35 pm
Would the controlled extinction of carnivorous species be a good thing?


If we agree that human have caused the most suffering on the planet so far, then how would controlled extinction, where we are in control, have any hope of decreasing suffering on planet earth? Unless we began with humans. See Comment #1.

What if, to alleviate suffering on the planet, we extinguish the species that damage land, water and air? Or even the one that has done the most killing that is NOT tied to survival? I am vegetarian, but I do not think one can compare factory farming and CAFOs to the carnivorous species in nature.

Furthermore, this kind of argument, which no one will take seriously, threatens to distract attention to all that we can do right now without impossible ideas like controlled extinction or even having all humans go vegan. Eliminate CAFOs, end wars, consume less, and we will reduce a tremendous amount of human and animal suffering on planet earth.

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