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Why don’t vegans accept your choice not to be?

March 4, 2017

The choice to eat animals offends me – as does the defence of this choice. I see no difference between dogs and pigs, but many people who defend their carnism, apparently do. They love and pet dogs but care nothing for pigs. That’s insane moral logic.

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Non-vegans will often wonder why vegans can’t accept their free choice to eat differently. They reason, “I accept their choice to be different. It’s unfair for them not to return the courtesy.” But the two concepts are not comparable.

Imagine that you went to a high security prison and spoke to an inmate, incarcerated for killing multiple people. You ask him how he feels about non-murderers, and he says:

Urgh, I hate non-murderers. I think they should all convert to murdering. It’s the right thing to do.”

You’d be astonished, because that would be insane. In real life, your inmate friend would be highly unlikely to do this, because assuming he is unrepentant about the whole affair, he is an amoral agent in this scenario.

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