Vegetarian Threat

“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.

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The Growth of Growth

“Earth Overshoot Day – which marks the point at which consumption exceeds the capacity of nature to regenerate – has moved forward two days to 1 August, the earliest date ever recorded. To maintain our current appetite for resources, we would need the equivalent of 1.7 Earths. …
Thirty years ago, the overshoot was on 15 October. Twenty years ago, 30 September. Ten years ago, 15 August. There was a brief slowdown, but the pace has picked back up in the past two years. On current trends, next year could mark the first time, the planet’s budget is busted in July. …
Replacing 50% of meat consumption with a vegetarian diet would push back the overshoot date by five days. Efficiency improvements in building and industry could make a difference of three weeks, and a 50% reduction of the carbon component of the footprint would give an extra three months of breathing space.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/23/earths-resources-consumed-in-ever-greater-destructive-volumes

A proud day as our growth in guzzling has so overgrown that for the next five months we are in the red. Fear not, resource intensive work, leaving no stone unturned, has already begun to grow a spare earth.