Some people who read yesterday’s blog post, The Fate of Human Decency is on Your Plate, may have thought, “What the heck, doesn’t this guy know there’s a big difference between the value of human, versus non-human life?”
That’s a good question; maybe I don’t. What is the value of a non-human animal’s life in this obsessively anthropocentric world?
It seems unless one’s species has been hunted to the edge of extinction, or is the property of some human being (the self-appointed masters of the Earth, and soon the Universe), the answer is .00¢—a big fat goose egg. And if they compete with any human endeavor, less than zero.
Meanwhile, if a human accidently dies because of someone else’s actions or behavior (hunting excluded) a person (hunters exempt) can be sued for millions of dollars. Now, I’m certainly not trying to diminish the monetary value of human life in any way, but maybe could share the wealth with our fellow Earthlings just a little bit.