“Moral obligation towards animals varies widely as a function of how an animal is perceived, its functional role in society, and its relationship with humans. The vast majority of respondents (90%) felt morally obliged to show concern for the welfare and interests of dogs (a companion animal), but only 51% felt the same about pigs (a food animal). …
The stronger the dominance [human supremacy] beliefs the more likely appealing (e.g., chimps) and unappealing (e.g., snakes) wild animals, companion animals (e.g., dogs), and food animals (e.g., pigs) would be morally excluded. …
However, the effects of vegetarianism threat [if people perceive the rise of vegetarianism as a threat to their way of life] were more specific and only emerged for certain animal categories. Stronger vegetarianism threat predicted lesser moral inclusion of food animals, but not of companion animals and unappealing animals.” https://www.kent.ac.uk/news/science/18514/people-who-feel-threatened-by-vegetarianism-more-likely-to-care-less-about-animals
Cognitive dissonance proved to be a very strong predictor of caring less, i.e. I care less about people who fear a lifestyle based on compassion.
“Waitrose and Whitbread have … asked us to remove their logos from the positive list we have been circulating. … very unusual for a company which appears on one of our ‘positive buy lists’ to ask for its name to be removed. … It speaks volumes for the power and resources of the shooting lobby which, ironically, accuses Ethical Consumer and Chris Packham of ‘Corporate Bullying’ in its press release.” http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/latestnews/entryid/2180/corporate-days-shooting-campaign.aspx
Watch out for rebrands as Waitgrouse and Shotlead.
Saturday 12th August is the start of the 121-day-long grouse shooting season. Ethical Consumer is asking consumers to buy from the good and avoid the bad during this year’s shooting season.
“The [Balearic Islands’] new [bullfighting] regulations change many things:
– For starters killing the bull is now banned; something that many bullfighters will say is essential.
– It also bans injuring the bull in any way, which means that the use of the traditional barbed harpoons (banderillas), and lances (pica), both weapons used to wound and weaken the bull prior the kill, will now be prohibited.
– It reduces the time the bull will be in the arena from 20-30 minutes to 10.
– It reduces the number of bulls in a bullfight from six to three, which means that the entire bullfight will only last 30 minutes (and therefore unlikely to be cost effective for a bullfighting promoter).” https://www.league.org.uk/blog/the-balearic-islands-ban-bullfighting
As killing season looms once again, Scotland could take a similar approach to regulating ‘country sports’:
• Mountain hares may only be caught and killed with bare hands
• Red grouse may only be collected from trees
• Foxes may only be attacked with rotten fruit
• Hen harriers may only be caught in hand-wielded butterfly nets, and only if three red grouse chicks, already collected from a tree, are offered in return, before release
• Crows may only be captured by pink shiny ribbon lassoes thrown by fishnet-stockinged feet
The animal research paradox: if other animals don’t feel as we would in those intolerable circumstances, then they’re not good models for human physiology. If they do, then subjecting them to these abhorrent practices is unethical.