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Debate Score:7
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Should it be legal to allow for dogs, cats, and other pets to be livestock?

Dogs, cats, and other pets are currently not legally, or ethically for that matter, seen as fit for human consumption. If these animals were raised as any other livestock, humanely slaughtered, and made reasonable to eat should they then not at least be legal to do so?

Yes.

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No.

Side Score: 3
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You say .....Dogs, cats, and other pets are currently not legally, or ethically for that matter, seen as fit for human consumption. If these animals were raised as any other livestock, humanely slaughtered, and made reasonable to eat should they then not at least be legal to do so?........

Why are these animals seen as not fit " ethically " to eat but cows ,pigs ,sheep are ?

Why do you say " humanely slaughtered " is that the way all animals are slaughtered at the moment ?

Side: Yes.
Shadow29(141) Clarified
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The ethics are that these animals are suitable to be live stock and are typically seen as more useful (in the case of dogs primarily), or 'superior'. I agree with your question that if it's good enough for pigs, cows and the like, then why not all that are reasonable for consumption, i say reasonable because not all animals are namely those that would harm the body after consumption.

Humanely as it is commonly understood in this regard is to say the 'killing' of the animal in such a way that is to avoid or reduce to as much as possible the amount of pain said animal would suffer or experience. It is one thing to slaughter animals for consumption and another thing to put them through a heft amount of pain, even if the end result is consumption.

Side: Yes.
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Yes, but only in so far as I think it would be really funny if "Herding Cats" were to become an actual real profession.

Side: Yes.
E271(14) Disputed
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Except, humour is typically generated only by something being strange or abnormal. For example, if pigs were not consumed then it may be perceived that herding pigs would be a funny profession, by due to the commonplace of it it currently is not. As humour is very subjective to the immediate context, I do not think there would be a significant long term improvement in the frequency of people laughing as a result of cat herding becoming a viable profession.

Side: No.
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Yeah, I guess no one would find that funny...

https://youtu.be/Pk7yqlTMvp8

Side: No.
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@Shadow. Dogs, cats, and other pets are currently not legally, or ethically for that matter, seen as fit for human consumption.

In other parts of the world, Dogs and the like are legally kidnapped/raised and then killed for human consumption as food. Human's create arbitrary lines about who to allow into the tribe and who not to, so naturally there is variation when coming across different tribes of people.

I can provide links to these practices (eating dog, ect.) if necessary.

Side: Yes.
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Unlike traditional livestock such as pigs and sheep, there are many health risks involved in creating food products from carnivorous creatures such as cats and dogs. These come with a much larger risk of parasites and diseases contractible by humans, while herbivores tend to contract comparitively much fewer diseases which can be passed on to humans. Ensuring it is not legal to eat these animals creates a much safer food environment and helps to prevent the spread of things such as worms which can be difficult to cure and greatly reduce a persons productivity during this period.

Side: No.