** Disturbing Content for Pet-Lovers in Link——> Man accused of … his cat
There is an evil on planet Earth that is mostly understood by the fellow person as purposefully and methodically inflicted pain for an extended or brief amount of time; or torture. Most people understand this concept as something that can both be conceptually applicable to humans and animals, excluding from plants and insects slow destruction until death the designation of “torture.”
Not all humans share in this empathy towards animals to the extent of Vegetarian or Veganism, as I do, but many do towards pets. I do not intend to persuade anyone into a meatless life by no means, as that was my journey to walk, and we all walk our own. However, the ethics of animal cruelty begs discussion.
Where does this lie along the hierarchical ethics (if there is such a thing)? Many meat eaters will cringe at the desperate cries of pain from any living creature, and revolt at the site of one methodically inflicting pain thereupon. Many more are mortified at the same done towards a cat or dog.
We oft shirk at the contemplation of humanity’s dark corners, fearing on-setting depressive states or hopelessness, but the truth is they exist. What implications does the existence of torture have on ethics, and certainly, ethics of Religion? Does it hurt the discussion of omni-benevolence to permit torture to exist at all? What does it say of humanity to be capable of such? Is it but an illness and a mental disease to be able to torture, or does it say more about us?
A penny, perhaps more, for your somber thoughts?