Well, if you look at my criteria, foi gras is out because of extreme cruelty.
I believe I said (though not sure on which thread) that I'd like to see eating animals stop....but that this was clearly not feasible at present, so, for the lamb, I'd like to ensure the happiest life, and the least painful and distressing death. I am not denying anyone lamb, so I am not quite sure where that came from, although I do not eat lamb or beef myself.
Not sure what the time line for traditional is, but I guess, to amplify more, it's in the realm of thousands of years, and it's around peoples struggling with the disintegration caused by successful invasion and wanting to preserve identity and traditional aspects to life.
My experience with it is mainly with Australian Aboriginal peoples, where it tends to mean that people with rights over, or affiliation with, a particular area of land have the right to hunt within that area species that are protected from other humans. If there is sea adjacent to that land, they also have rights over a certain area of sea.
To gain these rights, the people have to approve traditional affiliation with that land from before white invasion...so we're likely looking from in the tens of thousands of years.
In Australia, I have never seen any evidence that this hunting endangers species.
If it does so elsewhere, then by my criteria that trumps traditional rights.
I don't think lambs are endangered anywhere, are they? As a species, I mean.
Personally, I'd very much prefer that the Inuit didn't kill whales, for instance, and I hope they stop at some point.....but I think that doing so as a regular part of a diet they have followed for thousands of years has more justification than the Japanese, say, travelling thousands of miles to kill animals they don't need. Unless they are endangering the species.
What criteria do YOU have, by the way?
Do you believe in killing anything we want to?
Do you want endangered species to be protected?
Are YOU happy with foi gras and battery hens, or do you think there is some limit to be drawn in how we may treat animals we are going to kill?
Any ideas on how you want your meat to be killed?