Thomas Ryan

After reading Benjamin Law’s ‘Gourmet Gore’ (August) I now realise that if I decide to kill, say, a dog, koala, panda bear or a whale, I will be paying them ‘respect’ on the proviso that every skerrick is consumed. Aside from delighting the world’s whaling nations, it means that all animals are thereby rightly considered as fair gastronomic fodder. Given that this moral understanding of ‘respect’ has been appropriated by carnivores as their categorical imperative, it’s difficult to see why I should be squeamish about utilising the human animal, so long as I do so respectfully, given that secular society accepts that we ourselves are animals.

Thomas Ryan

Goulds Country, TAS

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