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DataPacRat wrote

The reason I'm bringing up this old saw is simple: Different people value different things, and prioritize values differently. There seems to be a minimal baseline of shared values required for us humans to be able to scratch out any sort of living at all on this planet, and one of those core values seems to be "other humans are more important than non-humans". Anyone who tries to push against that idea, so fundamental to human society and culture, is going to face rather firm opposition by the vast majority of people.

That said - I'm not claiming that animals have /no/ moral worth. When scientists can put together vat-grown meat that doesn't lack any of the important nutrients my reasonably unhealthy body needs, and which doesn't put me into any deeper debt than I am already - sure, I'll be happy chomping down on vat-burgers instead of cow-burgers. Animal rights may not be as important to me as they are to you, but as long as it doesn't cost me too much of my scant resources, I'm a fellow traveller willing to help you fulfill your values in much the way you're willing to help me with my own pet causes that you feel are less important than yours. We're all in this together, right?