Tom Fitzsimons on why he no longer eats land animals and birds:
for right or wrong, I’ve basically given up the meat, so I suppose I should share why. [...]
“First, I feel no great affinity for animals. I’ve never had a pet and I don’t need to start now.”
“Second, I don’t think animals are the same as humans. They’re definitely more stupid than us, at least on average, and I’d willingly see an animal killed to save a human’s life.” [...]
“So what’s the buzz?
In a sentence, I think it’s wrong to cause unnecessary pain to sentient beings, creatures that can feel stuff.” [...]
“This morality says that it’s good to ease suffering when you can. It says it’s even better to avoid inflicting it at all, if possible.
So it follows that we shouldn’t kill the child or the pig – especially when there’s so much other food out there.”