This is a post i received in an email by a christian vegetarian group. And I found it VERY interesting, and for the most part very true.
I wanted to affirm Gracia Fay’s feedback regarding the psychological effect of “humane slaughter” on animals. It seems apparent to me that love is a real and potent force in the physical world. That is, nature has evolved love as a mechanism for animals (including us) to look after each other and to both preserve individuals and to ensure the continuity of entire species. It seems to me that sex, whose goal is reproduction, is driven by a set of hormones that are qualitatively different from the chemicals that drive love. That is, sex is more instinctual whereas love is more deliberate. Once sex has fulfilled its immediate role, love takes over and enables mutual nurturing and mutual care for the long-term. I believe this is true whether the individual is human or non-human. As an example – instinct is what would make a canine mother or a human mother run away from a burning house but love is what makes them run back in to save their puppy/child. We are brought up to think of love as being unique to humans but it has become clear to me, given what we know about the biology of love, that that perception is grossly distorted by our ignorant speciesism and that love is as real in non-humans as it is in humans. And as Gracia writes, if animals love their parents, their children, their siblings, their friends – then what does it do to them to have their loved ones taken away, tortured and killed?