I am interested in thinking over the following questions. I welcome others' attempts to provide answers or personal experiences. The questions assume a vegan's approach to eating or to the planet. But a vegetarian's perspective will do. Of course, a very temporary vegan like me can make believe he is entitled to answer these questions.
1. If one does not eat meat or wear leather, what about meat or leather from an animal that is already dead. Imagine a wild turkey flies into a pole and dies. Would you eat it if it could be cooked safely?
2. If you do not normally eat meat, would you eat meat that was left over by guests at a wedding, assuming it would otherwise be thrown away?
3. Is it more defensible to keep a pet, or to domesticate an animal, than to eat meat? I have discovered that many vegetarians/vegans are also opposed to supporting the dog breeding industry, and would not accept a pet or buy a pet from a breeder. However, many take pride in "rescuing" mutts or other dogs and cats. Is it inconsistent for a vegan to ride a horse? What about consuming goods in an era in which most goods were transported by carts and animals? I even wonder whether the rise of veganism necessarily followed the disuse of animals in transportation.
I plan to discuss these questions in three subsequent posts. It would be fun to hear from readers.