I like this piece. I am curious why it it is a trick that "cruel" men play. Is it cruel to humanize the suffering with a relatable instance rather than a faceless ocean of suffering? I am not arguing the point. I am unsure which side I believe. But I do know many people who try to raise awareness of suffering by humanizing singular instances. Does that do more harm than good?
This is a great post.
Personally, I am most interested in this topic:
AS advocacy is a form of moral circle expansion (MCE), an increase in the number of beings given moral consideration, such as legal protection. Therefore, questions that affect the prioritization of MCE could also affect the prioritization of AS.
Personally, I believe that until we have moral acceptance and genuine legal protections for sentient non-human animals, there will be significant barriers for AS. I also believe that adding non-human animals to the moral circle can and should be a near-term achievement.