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Re: [skeptics-137] On killing

From: Bart B.
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:44 PM
You raise an interesting point in your thoughtful analysis. Doing "good" is sometimes complicated. When an manufacturer in India is forced to get rid of child labor, does it help those children, who may be left to beg or steal on the streets, so that our conscience feels better when we buy cheap clothes.Choices are sometimes more difficult than it appears, but, of course, we can't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

On Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM, Anna Smith <[address removed]> wrote:
I have been thinking about the idea of not killing animals for food, and I started wondering how many living things are killed when farming. A lot of times, the ground has to be burned first. Who knows how many animals that kills. Then the ground is tilled. I don't know figures, nor want to look them up, on how many insects, spiders, snakes, moles, mice, and baby bunnies there are in each acre of land, but i'm sure it is in the thousands. And then pesticides....unless you eat only organic. And more are killed when the crops are harvested. Is the life of a worm as valuable as the life of a cow? Or a snake or baby bunny as valuable as a chicken? Isn't it better, in the end, to kill the biggest things? That way less life is lost to feed more people.
(A bit tongue-in-cheek, but with a hint of seriousness.)

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