To begin to understand why it is immoral to exploit animals, it’s important to look at the euphemisms we use whenever anything negative happens to someone.
“He was like a lamb to the slaughter.”
“They were treated like farmed animals.”
“We were stared at like animals in a zoo.”
“They milked me for all I was worth.”
Why do we use these expressions for anything negative at all if what we do to animals is OK?
The truth is that it’s NOT OK. If it’s wrong to commodify humans in such a way, then so too is it wrong to commodify non-humans in such a way.
We are not so special and other animals so worthless that it is wrong for these things to be done to us but morally acceptable for us to do these things to them.
Best regards to all, Venus