Pursuant to a conversation I had at our departmental drinks night last Wednesday—by which I mean, a conversation I’ve now had with shockingly little variation about four-hundred times since I went vegan—I have decided to officially coin my first sociological theory:
Barnard’s Law: In any heated discussion between a vegan and a non-vegan over animal rights, the non-vegan will eventually begin listing his or her favorite types of meat (usually, though not always, beginning with bacon). At this point, the non-vegan has officially conceded that he or she lacks any compelling argument, but the vegan should probably give up on the debate anyway.
Example (rough transcription of this Wednesday):
Me: “…and that’s why I believe that the morally relevant distinction should be sentience, not species.”
Non-Vegan Coursemate: “The other night I had lamb with pears.”
Cf. Godwin’s Law