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After a very annoying conversation with a friend of a friend about my eating habits (which he seemed to think were his business for some reason) He spouted "I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to eat rabbit food'
I stopped talking to him because I was tired of a pointless argument that wasn't going to go anywhere, but next time someone says something similar my reply will be this :

'You' didn't climb to the top of anything. Your ancestors did. They also most likely: committed infanticide, paedophilia, cannibalism, rape, mass murder. So if you want to base your decisions based on what people did a long time ago you will probably not do too well in modern, civilized society. Humanity has moved on, evolve.
 

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There's a pretty good rebuttal to the food chain/nature argument on Eugene's website:

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Eating meat is indeed natural in the sense that other animals do it as well. In fact, it is even done on occasion by our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees. However, there are many other things which are also natural. For example, chimpanzee males sometimes rape the females in their tribe. Chimpanzees sometimes engage in organized warfare against other tribes with which they compete for territory. A chimpanzee male, in a moment of rage, sometimes picks up a nearby infant, and crushes his skull against a rock. And chimpanzees do on occasion eat meat, and they do on occasion engage in cannibalism, in spite of the fact that there is a plentiful supply of food from other sources. So eating meat is indeed absolutely natural. However, the fact that it is natural does not imply that it is ethically permissible. If we believed that eating meat was ethically permissible simply because other animals did it as well, then this would imply that there is nothing wrong with rape, cannibalism, or infanticide, all of which routinely occurs throughout the animal kingdom.
The truth of the matter is that other animals share the darkest aspects of our humanity, as well as those aspects of which we are the most proud.
 

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Top of the 'food chain'?

He regularly feasts on lions and tigers and sharks?

When he dies bacteria and fungi and various insects will not feast on him? (I'm assuming burial rather than cremation or something)

(And I'm choosing to ignore the fact that the 'food chain' concept is a oversimplified metaphor meant to convey the concepts involved in trophic interactions to elementary students.)

Sounds like a good response from the OP. Kudos for making a valid point and avoiding what would probably end up being a frustrating 'discussion'.
 

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Besides all that, the "top" of the food chain is a reference to animals that aren't eaten by others, not by those who eat other animals. Elephants are at the top of the food chain, because nobody eats them, despite the fact that they're herbivores.

--Fromper
 

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ugh the top of the foodchain thing was really pissing me off in the past week on another site. i did tell them to go to jungle and tell a lion that we are on top of the foodchain and see his reaction, and then eat him
 

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After a very annoying conversation with a friend of a friend about my eating habits (which he seemed to think were his business for some reason) He spouted "I didn't climb to the top of the food chain to eat rabbit food'
I stopped talking to him because I was tired of a pointless argument that wasn't going to go anywhere, but next time someone says something similar my reply will be this :

'You' didn't climb to the top of anything. Your ancestors did. They also most likely: committed infanticide, paedophilia, cannibalism, rape, mass murder. So if you want to base your decisions based on what people did a long time ago you will probably not do too well in modern, civilized society. Humanity has moved on, evolve.
I have to remember that!!! On FB it goes!
 

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I'm pretty sure if you put him in a cage with a lion he wouldn't think he's on the top of the food chain anymore.
 
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