In the fascinating blog “ERV”, scroll down the post to the header “Tard Fight”, where blogger S. A. Smith gives us the edifying spectacle of two creationists bashing each other over Animal Rights, one arguing that if evolution is right then so is PETA and the other, I guess, that Jesus was a veggie and Meat Is Murder. !
I think readers of this blog can agree with Ms. Smith that these two are idiots. But the post got me thinking that there are three ways that evolutionists (who may or may not be secularists- as I have noted before, there are plenty of straight- up, non “ID” evolutionists who are also religious– some even read Richard Dawkins!) could approach eating other animals.
One: we are all of equal value and everybody eats everybody. It is called the ecosystem.
Two: humans have at least one unique quality, speech (please don’t email me about parrots and especially chimps– I am just following accepted consensus science here, albeit somewhat nervously with African gray parrots– I wouldn’t eat one!) And also (NOT “therefore”) you can eat other species. Call this “soft speciesism” which is practiced by all species– putting their own species first.
Three: call it the Nietszchean or post- humanist view: all animals including humans can be objects to be acted upon. This is implicit or explicit in a lot of modern dystopian fiction; see Steve Stirling’s Drakon or Mitchell Smith’s “Snowfall trilogy” novels (the second volume, Kingdom River, begins to make the premise explicit, with both genetic engineering and cannibalism.)
I find the premises of ERV’s competing Christians absurd, propositions one and two both sane and sensible, and number three utterly sinister.