PollJonathan Safran Foer has a new book coming out in which he proposes that Americans deal with the mass euthanizing of unwanted pets by...eating them. So, Discussionators, would you eat a cat or dog?
      – Scarletxstarlet, 2009-11-04 at 06:16:15   (17 comments)

On 2009-11-04 at 13:00:19, Lee J Haywood wrote...
As a vegan, I don't really have to think about this. Are cats likely to be a reservoir of disease that survive cooking? Are you just as likely to get toxoplasma gondii by simply being around cats? Interestingly, a large dog has an eco-footprint of around 1.1 hectares, and for a medium dog the figure is 0.84 hectares. For an SUV, the equivalent is only 0.41 - so dogs are worse for the planet than SUVs. A cat comes in at 0.15 hectares, which is a slightly smaller footprint than a small car.
On 2009-11-04 at 14:43:04, DigitalBoss wrote...
What a jackass. And just the fact that you know the "eco-footprint" of a dog makes me shiver.
On 2009-11-04 at 15:51:36, BorgClown wrote...
I had a chicken pet, and pops killed it and ma cooked it when it got too big. I hesitated, but in the end managed to eat it too, so I guess I can eat any pet I could have in the future, if the need arises.
On 2009-11-04 at 15:57:59, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The corpse just a bunch of dying cells - it's not like the animal will know what you're doing. Same goes for eating a human corpse - it's only worthless superstition that prevents us from recycling them as food or fertiliser.
On 2009-11-04 at 16:37:12, BorgClown wrote...
Human corpses must be unhealthy, and every disease the corpses could have could be easily acquired by the butchers.
On 2009-11-04 at 16:38:11, BorgClown wrote...
I mean, I've taken lots of medicine compared to any other possible source of food, for example.
On 2009-11-04 at 16:43:45, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I guess it's easier to pick up diseases from human corpses, since they're already tailor-made for us. I wonder if our species has acquired better immunity by eating animals/fish and being exposed to their diseases?
On 2009-11-04 at 17:39:07, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
I think eating humans is a pretty bad idea, Lee. We've already acquired eboli, mad cow disease, and possibly HIV/AIDS just from eating primates; eating members of our own species seems not only super-gross, but unhealthy.
On 2009-11-04 at 17:41:07, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Yes, I wasn't suggesting it as a practical thing to do - just talking about it from a purely ethical point of view.
On 2009-11-27 at 10:51:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
It's been pointed out that a lot of pet food is created from leftovers that would otherwise go to landfill, and that pets can provide health benefits to their owners in some respects. So arguably they're not as bad as the simple case where they're nothing but an extra burden on the environment.
On 2009-11-28 at 04:01:42, BorgClown wrote...
Would you eat a cat you lovingly cared after a bad accident? I don't think I can, but we pet eaters could exchange pets with strangers and eat them happily.
On 2009-11-28 at 11:20:47, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The problem is twofold - first you have the notion of the 'respect' which applies to the living animal but has no logical application to the corpse. Then there's the opinions of others - you know that if others discover your 'disrespect' to your beloved pet (well, to its corpse) then your social standing will be destroyed. So if humans were purely logical and rational and lived in a social vacuum they'd have no problem eating their pets (indeed, this does seem to be the case in some countries). In reality we're governed by emotions and social norms.
On 2009-11-28 at 17:46:07, BorgClown wrote...
Those would not be humans but robots. Robots will eat eat anything, even souls.
On 2009-11-28 at 21:57:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: You cannot eat something which doesn't exist.
On 2009-11-29 at 12:56:32, BorgClown wrote...
They already ate yours, didn't they?
On 2009-11-29 at 15:06:21, Lee J Haywood wrote...
@BorgClown: How do I check?
On 2009-11-30 at 00:59:33, BorgClown wrote...
Look for your soul, if you don't have it, a robot ate it. You don't remember because of the trauma.