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“From the oyster to the eagle…”

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A question posed to me on formspring about oysters…

Animal rights activist Peter Singer made an exception for eating oysters. Oysters, he said, could be harvested in an environmentally sustainable way, and because of the lack of a central nervous system, were incapable of suffering. What do you think?

I think it’s fabulously interesting to mull over (that’s the inner biologist in me talking), but I think I will still abstain.

I actually love slate.com and originally read the findings you mention on oysters here: http://www.slate.com/id/2248998/

Peter Singer actually began to make an exception for oysters, but he then retracted it saying, “one cannot with any confidence say that these creatures do feel pain, so one can equally have little confidence in saying that they do not feel pain.”

While I wouldn’t judge a vegan who chose to eat local oysters and agree that it makes more ecological and environmental sense to eat oysters (well, for the record, I am also not in the habit of judging vegetarians or omnivores about their dietary habits either) as opposed to buying Field Roast from Seattle or maybe even Tofurky (more local to me, but still highly packaged), I am not interested in crossing that line. In that same vein, I try to limit my purchases of Field Roast, Tofurky, nonlocal tofu and even produce (I am growing quite a lot in my new and extensive garden). I love Dave’ Killer Bread not just because it’s yummy and healthy, but also because it’s made locally.

We humans are quite amazing animals and we constantly are discovering more and more ways we’re not much more sophisticated and/or intelligent than all other animals, as well as discovering how much more sophisticated and intelligent many animals are compared to what we thought… Because of this, it’s easier for me to just cut out animal products altogether so that I am not worried about the potential unknown, that I unknowingly caused harm to and/or inflicted suffering on another animal. I recently even gave up honey–yes, yes, the horror! I have been vegan for over 6 years and yet I didn’t feel inspired to give up honey until recently. But, there you go, that’s just it. Ideas change, motivations change, I am definitely open to changing my mind when presented with new evidence or other philosophies, which probably contributes to my lack of judging other peoples’ diets.

My personal motivations for being vegan involve minimizing unnecessary harm and suffering of my fellow animals, minimizing damage to the environment/ecosystems from which my food sources come, and minimizing my carbon footprint. So, I am still not interested in eating oysters because I wonder if we can be totally sure the oysters don’t mind. I just rather not run the risk that I have caused another animal harm without realizing it and I am doing quite alright without eating oysters.

Written by lovemotionstory

July 14, 2010 at 8:48 am

Ask me anything…

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Live often moves pretty fast for me and it can be hard to sit down and write without direction, which is why my posts so far have been rather pointed or about an experience someone specifically asked me to write about.

The thing is, I rather like being forced to sit down and write, especially when the prompts are my friends’ questions. It’s good mental exercise and it’s always good to have writing to do that’s not for a press release. Also, a friend of mine recently insisted I should have an advice column (this may or may not been a joke). So, that combination of factors lead me to announce on facebook and twitter that anyone should feel free to try to ask me questions to get me going to give me blog fodder (especially advice seeking queries).

Here’s an advice seeking question someone sent my way and my answer:

I’ve been talking to/hanging out with this girl for the past few weeks. We both got out of long-ish relationships (about two years) at around the same time. Is it weird if we talk about our exes, swap war stories, and compare emotional battle scars?

No, it would be HEALTHY for you two talk about your exes and where you’re each coming from.

It will help you each decide if you’re compatible with each other. It would also set the stage for a supportive, honest and ,close relationship regardless as to whether or not you two stay romantic (which, it sounds like, you’re assuming is the direction you’re heading with this girl).

When people who are close confide in each other about their pasts, problems, hopes, fears, and so on, they give each other the opportunity to be considerate, helpful, nurturing, reassuring, and more.

This one didn’t get me going too long, perhaps you should give it a go?

Written by lovemotionstory

June 20, 2010 at 6:41 pm