We wouldn’t harm another animal for our own sake, but what about on behalf of our our beloved pets? We certainly don’t approve when they catch prey such as sweet birds or gentle mice, however it is their nature. The cat is doing no moral wrong by killing the bird- it must consume flesh to survive. We do not need to consume flesh, but the furry members of our family do – and due to the strange situation of domestication, we are responsible for them.
This responsibility puts us in a moral quandary. Sadly, the ultimate solution is one that is a long way off from being widely available or remotely affordable: artificial meat. We are actually well under way with research into quality artificial, yet real flesh, minus all suffering and agony. Grown synthetically in laboratories, without the need for any animal suffering, aside from gently taking cell samples from living animals.
Humans who absolutely must eat meat and will never be persuaded by the absoluteness of the ethical argument against eating meat and killing other beings – they can indulge in a harmless manner – that of eating synthetic meat. Feeding both our pets and the most ardent meat eaters real, genuine animal flesh that has been grown rather than born, raised and killed, would be the optimal scenario.
This may seem a flimsy solution to the issue of carnivorous or omnivorous pets, however it is simply an admission that currently there is no real alternative to feeding our pets with chicken, fish, cow, duck lamb “meat”.
The responsibility for rescuing and caring for the overpopulation of domestic animals – a situation we created as part of the process of domestication. This resultant dilemma makes us unable to not cause harm.
Killing farm animals for our companions is a really strange situation we find ourselves in. Of course, we’d really rather our friends did not need flesh to survive, however naturally a cat requires meat to live as an obligate carnivore, whilst we do not.
However the strange nature of the domestication of cats and dogs has put us in an ethical dilemma that naturally we would not find ourselves in. Nonetheless, the situation presented to us is as follows:
One abhors inflicting any kind of harm to any animal being, yet as guardians of our domestic companions we do have the responsibility of locating food for them. One doesn’t really like the idea of letting the cats find their own prey since obviously, one cares about the birds and the mice. The bizarre solution to this weird situation would ideally be synthetic meat, which is making great progress.
Unfortunately, it is a long way away from commercial availability, however, the prototypes are going fantastically. For those people who absolutely must have meat who will not listen to reason or care enough to stop, they can absolutely enjoy the synthetic meat. Also, for our furry friends who require meat, we can feed them guilt-free.