What's more, what disgusts me the most is whenever the point is brought up, Jacob compares it to slavery, rape and murder.
Last time I checked, rights = responsibilities.
(even if the reasoning behind the next part is weak):
We are responsible for the animals we kill, the land they inhabit, etc, ergo, we have the right to do with them what we please, be it killing, torture, or what have you.
This is why it is still unacceptable for me to kill/hurt/mame another person's dog.
It's not my property.
It's called HUMAN rights for a reason.
Other animals don't have them.
This is right, right?
I've had issues with the concept of rights for children and animals though..
There's a thread about this at Mises, I'll probably make a seperate one here.