Well Johnathan Swift put that economic idea well in regards to the British attitude towards the Irish. Oh those Brits, now their eating chimps huh?
About drawing lines and cherry-picking species… I pick humans, of course. And I’m willing to expand that out to the Great Apes. Occam proposes expanding it further, as I alluded to in the Red Meat thread, yeah people can cherry-pick this or that species, some in the USA like to cherry pick dogs while Koreans don’t, some in the USA cherry-pick horses while others don’t, I’m willing to cherry-pick the great apes and others. Because I am cherry-picking I have little hope of convincing others.
I won’t eat Slimehead (Orange roughy) because it is so long-lived, I think it is disgusting to eat a species like that, they live longer than we do! I don’t want to eat the long-lived ones. But in my eating plan the small sort lived ones, lower on the food chain get the short end of the stick.
In the end though, about the Great Apes, if you people are willing to favor (cherry-pick) humans, and the Great Apes are proving to be so very much like us in brain and body, then can’t you take the small step of also favoring them to be excluded from our food chain? It is easy to do since in the USA we do not include them in the food chain anyway.