Re: Can't afford to rescue cows

From: Lee Corbin (
Date: Wed Apr 16 2008 - 10:57:18 MDT

Stuart writes

> [Lee wrote]
>> Since the cows belong to the humans, the humans ought to be left
>> alone in the case that they're not hurting anyone (e.g. the cows).
> Can you develop this argument a bit? (ie I don't get it :-) As it
> stands, it sounds a bit like a defense of slavery (or possibly a
> defense of abolishing slavery only with proper financial compensation
> to the slave owners).

Humans have traditionally "enslaved" lower animals, and our
progress depended on it for thousands of years.

The two big large contributors to progress have been (i) Rule
of Law (ii) Respect for Private Property. These clearly apply
only to humans. Cows, for example, cannot understand either,
and they have no private property.

This thread started when the need for a line to be drawn was
realized. I've drawn that line in my previous post, and here I
defend it. Questions?


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