One More Dash of Spice
I typically don’t stick to a single topic this long, especially one so trivial (oops! sorry, it’s not that trivial) as a Starbucks drink, but this discussion has been fascinating and my sense is that there’s still more to milk out of it. I’m posting the following comment because it is especially interesting and, because it came late in the game, you may have missed it. It’s from Taylor:
Speciesism (i.e., a prejudice, or irrational bias, in favour of one’s own species) is wrong by definition. But if there are good, morally relevant reasons to prefer A over B (e.g., adults but not children should be allowed to vote because children cannot make informed decisions about voting), then there is no prejudice involved. Both Peter Singer and Tom Regan would say that, in most cases, there are good reasons why we ought to save the human rather than the cow, so this decision is NOT speciesist. My question is, do most vegans who insist that preferring to save the human IS speciesist have a good reason for making this claim, or is it just a principle memorized from the Official Vegan Creed? If the “reason” is that every animal values its life just as much as you or I do, I am tempted to say, in the immortal words of John McEnroe, “You cannot be serious!”
Here we go . . .