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Value of Human/Animal Life

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Why are some humans' lives valued more than others? Do animals' lives matter at all, to anyone but me? Please take this poll...

Americans only: True or false, I was more moved by what happened on Sept. 11 2001 than by similar incidents in other countries.

71% (15) True
28% (6) False

21 voters have answered this question.

Do some lives matter more to the general public than others? like in the previous question, American lives more than foreign lives?

45% (10) Yes
54% (12) No

22 voters have answered this question.

In the past, the lives of peasants and Native peoples were valued less than the lives of Europeans. Do you agree with this thinking?

19% (4) Yes
80% (17) No

21 voters have answered this question.

In war, many people die. Do you feel that lives of other countries' soldiers don't matter?

13% (3) Yes, they don't matter.
86% (19) No, they do matter.

22 voters have answered this question.

In general, do you agree with war as a method of settling disputes?

30% (7) Yes
69% (16) No

23 voters have answered this question.

In third-world and developing countries, thousands of people starve or die of preventable causes. They live in disgusting conditions and would think that the poorest Westernized life would be heaven. How much do you care about this?

17% (4) I think about it all the time and try to help.
4% (1) I think about it all the time.
30% (7) I think about it sometimes and I want to help.
26% (6) I think about it sometimes.
8% (2) I think about it rarely.
13% (3) I don't care at all.

23 voters have answered this question.

Is the slaughter of animals for food and clothing justified?

64% (16) Yes
36% (9) No

25 voters have answered this question.

If you answered yes to the previous question, why?

68% (11) They taste/look/feel good.
25% (4) They can't protect themselves.
62% (10) God gave them to us to eat/wear.
43% (7) They're just animals, they don't matter.
12% (2) I have been conditioned by society to think that.
0% (0) I never really thought about it.

16 voters have answered this question.

Which of the following applies to you?

40% (10) I eat meat and wear leather/fur.
0% (0) I don't eat meat but I wear leather/fur.
44% (11) I eat meat but I don't wear leather/fur.
4% (1) I am vegetarian and don't wear leather/fur.
12% (3) I am vegan and don't wear leather/fur.

25 voters have answered this question.

Why do some people care about pets like cats or dogs but they don't care that they eat or wear cows, pigs, etc.?

50% (12) Pets are friends.
25% (6) Pets are soft and cuddly.
16% (4) Some animals are better than others.
37% (9) I don't know, I don't understand it either.
25% (6) Those people are hypocrites.

24 voters have answered this question.

It's true that many animals eat other animals and this would be happening even without humans on the planet. However, do you agree that humans, being humans, should know better and feel empathy for their fellow beings?

60% (14) Yes
39% (9) No

23 voters have answered this question.

Do animals have souls?

25% (6) Yes
16% (4) No
29% (7) I'm not sure
29% (7) I don't believe in souls/not religious

24 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2002-12-27 02:10:07 by cepthatsme
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