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3-23-2009 @ 3:05AM
Hoi. I was actually referring, in farming, to the care of horses (for pulling wagons, plows, etc) and milk cows and oxen (for more pulling, and collection of milk). And while it is true that SOME killing of animals, particularly over-hunting, poaching, and the like, as well as treatment of animals, such as puppy mills (so many vegetarians with store-bought dogs. good lord), beef "factories" and the like, are extremely deplorable, there is a big difference, at least in my mind, between that and the careful and humane raising, caring, and eventual slaughter of farm animals in some situations.That said, it wasn't out of some burning desire to point out "the value of killing animals" so much as to provide a counterpoint to the general overtone of both the original post and the following comments, which was most necessarily concentrated in your closing comment, which could easily be construed by less informed types as "a burning desire to point out that you are a vegetarian whenever something involving preperation/care/whatever of animals is mentioned." One's status as a vegetarian could have no particular relevance to the topic except to express disapproval of the treatment of animals, and such an opinion does, to an extent, require some rebuttal in the form of support for a traditional and once-necessary act. (Note "once-necessary." Today, the slaughter of animals is more to support a largely carnivorous-by-choice diet than out of a need for protein, skins, and tools made from bones, and could be curtailed a fair amount. The actual necessity and means of curtailment and personal choice is a matter for more lengthy debate, and one which I would rather not debate in such a forum.)It was also a followup on my previous comment on vivisection and it's use in medicine, hence a large portion of the comment's content.
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