Saturday, 18 September 2010

Morning Scepticism: False Equivalence

If someone wants to argue that the use of animals is exploitation no matter what the circumstances, then they stand to argue that the corporate use of people is exploitation no matter the circumstances. That there's no difference between someone working in a sweatshop than someone working for in a good job with decent benefits because both of them are being exploited for the profits of another. There are days I don't want to go to work yet have to because otherwise I'd lose my job, but I don't think that's in any way comparable to someone who works long hours in shitty conditions for a pittance because they would otherwise starve. There's a huge difference between factory farming and other farming practices, even if the end product is that in both cases the farmer uses the animal for its own ends.

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