A Case Of Delayed Ethics?

It was Life Science Research Weekend at the Pacific Science Center . For things like this, they set up tables to use as little stations and there’s something different at each one.

Part of this involved Kai looking at a pig’s heart. He later held a sheep’s heart.

Looking at a pig's heart.

Kai had a great time. Afterwards, we went to a laser show, looked at the new Wellbody exhibit, played in the kids area, and did another laser show. Then, it was time to go.

On our way out, Kai started ranting. Very loudly. He talked about “people killing animals just for science”. He’s FINE with killing animals for food. For science? No. Even “left over from food production”. “I WANT THEM TO GROW UP AND BE GROWNUP ANIMALS AND SAFE AND HAPPY AND -NOT- DEAD. AND PEOPLE TOUCH THEM.”

Ethically, I DO understand where he’s coming from. I’ve been a vegan before but cannot be one right now (for reasons I do not care to go into right now). I would not be surprised if Kai came to me one day and said, “I don’t want to eat animals anymore.” And I would completely support that decision.

It just seemed a little weird that it took so long for him to be upset. Maybe it had a chance to percolate in his brain and once the “shiny-ness” wore off, he was upset. Maybe he was and couldn’t figure out how to tell me before. If he had mentioned it to me beforehand, I definitely wouldn’t have tried to get him to do anything he was uncomfortable with.

Has anyone else dealt with what appears to be a case of “delayed ethics”?

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