When, in thinking about the ways in which humans and animals are natural creatures, we wax philosophical, we frequently assume that the natural world is ethically neutral.
Where is the moral line between humans’ studied tampering with animals, and all of the other ways species change each other?
Is there a way to bring eating into the field of ethics—to take not only the nomad and the horse as a model of moral relation, but also the eater and the eaten?
As a child, I rooted for the Three Little Pigs as well as for Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web, and I delighted in the company of Piglet. I also ate ham sandwiches for lunch.
To say that a sentient being—any sentient being—is not harmed by death is most peculiar.
Many people find nothing odd about the sentence, “I live alone with a cat.”