I'd already thought of that scenerio hingehead (next door neighbor vs. other side of the world)
I think that's like saying "It's bad if it's my next door neighbor, but relatively ok if it's people I don't know on the other side of the world".
In either case, it's not ok.
Sure, I'd feel more emotional about my neighbor, but the other people are just as dead, and I realize others are grieving for them.
Why is is not ok to take the life of and eat your pet, but ok to eat the shiny package meat?
Is it because you don't have the mess to clean up? I mean, is it basically the aethestics of dealing with bowels and ****?
If the answer is yes....hey, that's a valid reason for whoever says it.
Me? I could deal with the mechanics of the mess if someone gave me a carcass to cut up. I have the problem with taking the life
Those people on the side of a mountain that ate their fellow passengers to stay alive? I'm cool with that. No one killed them. They got dead from the accident.
BTW, the protein bit? That isn't just an odd idea, but totally wrong. People WAY over estimate the amount of protein they need. Too much causes kidney damage and leaches calcium from our bones.
In fact, it's actually pretty hard NOT to get enough complete protein (containing all the essential amino acids) during the course of a day, if you eat pretty much any legume and any grain during that day...not even necessary to eat them at the same time.