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Magnus Eisengrim
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If we are dealing with ethical issues, the actions of other primates are irrelevant. The question is whether we, as rational beings, are justified in our current decisions regarding diet. When we can see alternatives and can foresee their likely consequences, we are faced with an ethical decision.

Gorillas may or may not be able to deliberate on the likely consequences of their choice of what to eat.

John
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The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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Thanks for putting it so succinctly, John.

My hormones tell me that I *NEED* to be intimate with every single attractive woman I ever encounter. That's what I was made to do.

But I resist.

It's an ethical decision, for the most part. The other part is that this particular need is probably not always reciprocated.

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I'm not sure I understand the gorrila arguement anyway.
Even if they did only eat insects, well insects are meat. Western culture might be the only one that hasn't yet realized that insects are meat. And I think we'd be a lot better off if we did. I've eaten crickets, ants, larvae, all kinds of bugs. They're pretty tastey.
Back to gorillas, so they only eat a "little bit of small animals"... Well, I only eat a little bit of meat. I have one meat dish a day. I'm no herbivore.
So, based on the information provided, I have no idea how anyone could say they aren't omnivores.
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Landmark, herbivores only eat plant matter. Carnivores eat only animals. Omnivores eat both. There is no grey area. Gorillas are omnivores. Insects are not plants.
Neither are odd small mammals. ( screaming monkey)
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Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go eat a lean, nutritious, cholesterol-lowering, heart friendly, arctic caribou burger.
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