by Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns
"The public needs a strong, clear message from the animal protection community."
"They've heard it. They've rejected it." – James McWilliams This was history professor James McWilliams's reply to Mary Finelli, founder of Fish Feel, in an exchange of comments relating to his blogsite post Beyond Veganism? published on August 18, 2015. The post was one of several that included A Modest Proposal – a challenge to animal rights vegan advocates to "consider trying to make an ethical argument for eating animals."
The challenge includes a call upon ethical vegans to support eating insects – grasshoppers, ants, crickets, beetles, and others – as these animals appear unable to experience pain, based on a lack of identifiable pain receptors such as those found in birds, fish and mammals. Oysters and clams may be eaten for the same reason, McWilliams writes.
Those of us who believe, with good reason, that oysters, clams, and insects are sentient, or who believe that, regardless, animal rights vegans should not be promoting animal consumption, are challenged to critique our "ideological purity" as a hindrance to helping animals, since the public doesn't support the animal rights vegan movement, according to McWilliams.