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Smiting the house marked with the Blood of the Lamb

Headmistress resigns after internet storm over Marcus the slaughtered lamb - Times Online

A headteacher who became embroiled in an animal rights row after sending a lamb hand-reared by her pupils to slaughter has resigned.

Shame, she sounds like the sort of head teacher many schools need.
But what is this about calling it an "animal-rights" protest. What rights of Marcus the lamb were abused? His transformation into chops is what happens to millions of animals every year. If you argue all those fluffy lambs have their "rights" abused then fair enough, but why pick on just one to justify a campaign of hate and vilification? It is actually nothing to do with rights, just sloppy sentimentalism transformed into ugly acts.

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The default position of animals vis-a-vis humans is as prey. That's what being an apex predator means, for God's sake. Sheep are smelly, barely sentient lifeforms whose entire function is to act as suppliers of food and wool. Their existence is in no other way required or merited. I dare say there might be a few retained as curiosities in zoos if the world became vegetarian, but if it were not for the fact that they taste good, sheep would be a species as endangered as the condor.

"The default position of animals vis-a-vis humans is as prey."

True. But it's also useful to remind oneself that Mother Nature doesn't care any more about humans than she does about other animals - as evidenced by the occasional German tourist who encounters a 1000-lb grizzly bear while communing with Gaia in the Canadian Rockies.

"[If] it were not for the fact that they taste good, sheep would be a species as endangered as the condor."

Reminds me of a comment in response to some vegan caterwhauling about chicken farms:

"If people didn't want eggs and chicken meat, there'd be no chickens."

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