Meat is murder?

Coming back to my earlier post about the ethics of abortion, I’ve always wondered how “pro-choice”* vegetarians justify their position. I suppose I should be a bit more specific: I’m talking about vegetarians whose refusal to eat meat is rooted in a belief that it’s wrong to destroy sentient life. Surely a human foetus is at least as sentient as, say, a prawn, even relatively early on in its development?

* The quotation marks reflect the fact that the terminology used in the abortion debate is so ridiculous. It’s been said before, but who is actually “anti-choice” or “anti-life”?

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