Originally Posted by KYHeirloomer
does Alligator count in your carnivore list
Salmon are carnivores too, no?
Turns out there is a difference, definitionally, between being carnivorous and being a carnivore.
car-ni-vore. n. Any animal belonging to the order Carnivora, which includes predominantly flesh-eating mammals such as dogs, cats, bears, and weasels.
car-niv-o-rous. adj. 1. Belonging or pertaining to the order Carnivora. 2. Flesh-eating or predatory
So, while alligators, and salmon (and even robins, for that matter) can be said to be carnivorous, they are not carnivores.
I knew I could count on KYH for an answer to this, that I was curious about. I wasn't trying to make a point. Thanks, KY. I also wasn't trying to save the geese or whales, nematodes or lepidoptera.
We kill animals no matter our lifestyle. Driving a car, even if we are lucky enough to have hit no animals (that we noticed), we still are using a road that surely killed some animals while being built. Living in a house that unavoidably covered animal habitat, whether it be large or small fauna, kills at least a few. Even walking in a forest or field kills animals--how many very small critters might you crush with your feet? And is killing flora okay, while killing fauna isn't? If we take antibiotics for an infection, is that genocide? C'mon, we can't live without killing things, just as we ourselves are mortal. We can try to minimize our damage (and even there, "damage" is a subjective term because we don't know what all damage we are doing with every action, and we may step on worms while saving turtles), but we are all guilty of killing plants AND animals because we are human.
So back on topic...
I like cats. They are no more "deserving" of life than other critters, but I don't want to eat them, especially if they taste bad. I also want to try to avoid harming beneficial species that are struggling to exist.
Edited by OregonYeti - 6/28/10 at 7:56pm