18 Is ‘humanitarian carnivore’ an oxymoron? | Logan Sullivan



We all believe in human rights, and most of us would say we at least support humanitarianism in principle, if not in action. But when we deconstruct these two nearly universally supported ideals, what are we really supporting?
At their most basic, humanitarianism and human rights protect the vulnerable from suffering and injustice on behalf of both unfortunate circumstances and the hostility of those in positions of relative power. In other words, supporters of human rights and humanitarianism believe vulnerable human beings deserve not to suffer and to live well, and that the powerful should be prevented from harming or exploiting them.
With this in mind, I have to ask one questions: should this rational conclusion and strong emotional belief system crumble when we change one word in that last sentence, when we replace human beings with sentient beings?
In this episode, we’ll explore logical parallels between human rights, humanitarianism and animal welfare, and where our actions seem to be inconsistent with our belief systems. If we consider ourselves humanitarians and believers in human rights, we’re advocating for the protection of the most vulnerable human beings, but what about the most vulnerable sentient beings, factory farmed animals?
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