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A quote from Darwin that should be forwarded to PETA
Our familiarity with the larger domestic animals tends, I think, to mislead us: we see no great destruction falling on them, but we do not keep in mind that thousands are annually slaughtered for food, and that in a state of nature an equal number would have somehow to be disposed of.

From an animal welfare point of view, the question is which is better? The method of "disposal" of man, or of nature? I tend to vote man, as the animals slaughtered for food are well-fed, generally healthy, and the actual death is quick. The animals "disposed of" by nature die of starvation and live with fear, illness and injury. A large domestic animal like cattle, horses, etc, if victims of predation are unlikely to die as quickly once attacked as they would in a modern slaughterhouse.

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PETA is an Animal Rights organization, not a Animal Welfare organization.
You should probably keep them out of your discussions. They are a bit extreme.

" I'm not a member of PETA, but an animal welfare advocate wouldn't argue that these animals should be released into the wild, it would argue that they should never be "created" in the first place. "

Logically that means you are in favor of the extinction of domestic animals.

blaisepascal had framed this discussion in terms of PETA which is why I was including them in the discussion.

I am in favor of the extinction of domestic animals raised for slaughter, you are correct. The wild versions of these animals will still exist where there are habitats.

What's the point of keeping an animal alive only to exploit it? How does that benefit that species at all? IMO, it doesn't. I don't expect this to happen btw, but I am in favor of it.

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