Originally Posted by GIMojo
we have no remorse for the poor lobsters who die right before we eat them at teh weddings?
goldfish are treated the same way.
I'm not so sure this is a clean analogy. The lobster is destined for the dinner plate. When chosen, the lobster is chosen with the end result in mind. There is no deception involved. The lobster is picked, presented, and cooked with a good meal in mind.
The betta, on the other hand, is presented as a decoration. A living object is relegated to take theplace of an inanimate one. There is no other motice (such as cooking). Instead, the end result is a wasted death. No benefit is derived from the death, except that a beautiful creature is almost purposefully sacrificed to become eye candy.
Of course, this whole argument breaks down if we speak with someone who has a general objection to eating animals. Then, we get to one of those topics that leaves no one convinced, and everyone mad.
Since I don't mind eating the occasional lobster, and enjoy looking at my betta in his 5 gal
, the argument makes sense to me.