Even being a vegetarian requires killing - they have simply drawn an arbitrary line at killing animals - based, presumably, on the more developed nervous systems in animals which make it more obvious that they can and do suffer.

Our own position on that is that if we must kill creatures which have the ability to "suffer" just in order to eat, then it should be as little as possible and cause as little suffering as possible. The debate, if there was one, however, would be on the question of whether we do need to kill to eat and what, if anything, comprises that need.

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