Pi: As you may know, Negarahn and I (who technically share this journal, despite Negarahn almost never posting) are predators. Our people are carnivores. My people, the Vrayshra, eat not only meat but also the life-force of our prey. Negarahn is a Duenicallo; Duenicallo are carnivores who live on Traipah. Both of us share a similar honor/ethics system:
1. Killing for food or self-defense (or the defense of others) is good. With one exception: both Duenicallo and Vrayshra believe that killing sentients for food is dishonorable. Eating a sentient that has died of other causes is different, though, if it is allowed by that sentient before it died, or by its surviving people. In fact, many Duenicallo and Ah'Koi Bahnis who live together have a custom of the AKB giving their dead to the Duenicallo to dispose of, and consider being eaten after they die to be a great honor.
2. Killing for the sheer sake of it is dishonorable. Killing for trophies only is dishonorable. If you are not going to eat it, and it isn't threatening you or another of your people, don't kill it.
3. Using all parts of an animal you've killed is honorable. Wasting any of it is dishonorable... with the exception of being unable to eat all one's meat, and throwing away just a little bit, or if the meat goes bad and you have to throw it out. Especially if you say a prayer for the wasted bits.
4. Killing a predator species because they are being a nuisance to you by killing your domestic animals is dishonorable and an affront to predators in general. There are better ways to deal with the situation. Resorting to killing a predatory species for feeding off your own prey shows you are not intelligent enough or honorable enough to respect your rival, especially if you use guns or traps to do it. Traps and guns are cowardly tools. (Of course, I find the whole notion of humans as predators to be amusing. Imagine if a raccoon told you its people were powerful predators. You'd laugh. Humans are nothing but clever, cowardly scavengers who learned they could throw blunt or sharp objects at other animals for extra meat. Hell, they can't even eat that meat raw!)
We got to thinking about this because we went to get something from lupabitch
today, and from that we saw some of her furcraft in the back, and from seeing that, we got thinking about her furcraft and art. When fayanora
first saw this art (a wolf skin), she was upset. It was understandable at first, because we were all certain that killing endangered species is illegal. Oddly, we found out from Lupa that wolves are an exception. It is nonsensical to us, and we consider the hunters and farmers who kill wolves to be cowardly and dishonorable... but lupabitch
is NOT dishonorable. Quite the opposite. She honors the spirits of these animals with her art by making useful and pretty things with their furs, and does not kill them herself, which is honorable.
Negarahn: Fayanora Ahnabahn Tahlahmorgk still ignores Lupa's art posts because she and Molly are still dismayed by it, but Ah'Koi Bahnis moralising is something we Duenicallo are far too used to. Something of a great annoyance to us, seeing as the Ah'Koi Bahnis were far less ethical than we were, until after the Reformation. And there are still large areas of disagreement between us. In many ways, Fayanora is a typical AKB, far too fond of being superior about her people's herbivorous nature, and moralising about those of us who eat meat. She's gotten better since losing the Great Meat Debate, but is still annoying at times. If it had been up to her, Lupa's furcraft would have been a barrier to friendship with her. We are glad it was not hir decision.