|Is this argument logical?
||[Feb. 16th, 2006|04:28 pm]
The Question Club
(Just to preface this, I know veganism is controversial, so really I'm just asking, from a debate point of view, if my argument below is sound)|
Ok...I'm having a debate with a friend of mine who claims that it's weird for ethical vegetarians or vegans to replicate the taste of animal products, like with veggie burgers, because the taste of animal products is something they're supposed to be ethically opposed to. Below is my counter-argument, and this person claims that it contains a logical fallacy, but she won't explain why. Where is the logical fallacy? I really do want to understand, especially so I'm not going around spreading information that makes no sense. The thing is...it makes perfect sense to me. Help!
Imagine there are people in the world who refuse to go to a particular, beautiful tropical island because that island employs the use of slavery and mistreatment of workers to fuel their economy. Keeping that in mind...
You're equating the physical characteristics of meat, i.e. the taste, with the process used to obtain the meat, i.e. killing. These are two separate domains. Eating is an aesthetic experience, just like going to a beautiful tropical island, like I was talking about above.
Now, the killing of the animal is a totally different argument here. An ethical vegetarian or vegan is opposed to killing, not opposed to the aesthetic experience of eating. Just like the theoretical people in my island argument...they're opposed to the economy built on slavery and mistreatment of workers, not opposed to the aesthetic experience of the island, like the palm trees and salty oceanic air. The aesthetic experience of the island is completely disconnected from the mistreatment of the workers.
So, would it make sense for a person ethically opposed to slavery to avoid ALL tropical islands that look the same as the bad one, even if those islands use no unethical practices toward the workers? Of course not. Would it make sense for a person ethically opposed to killing animals to avoid ALL foods that taste the same, even if the foods don't contain meat from dead animals? Of course not.