I would need to know what the medical conditions actually are, and the completeness of recovery.
If we're talking about an elderly person with terminal cancer in the final stages vs. one of the last animals of a critically endangered species (i.e. bengal tigers), I would choose the animal without hesitation.
If we're talking about a critically ill human who could recover and live a productive life vs. an animal whose suffering would be needlessly prolonged, I would put the animal down.
I would also be in favor of euthanising the human if the situation is bad enough.
This poll is too black and white. "I don't know" or "other" should have been options. I therefore refuse to vote.
Not knowing any of those things, I'm unsure. I don't believe humans are inherently more valuable than everything else on earth. We just think we are because we're humans. While it does make sense to opt to help those like you first, on an evolutionary level, that does not speak to the ethics or meaning of making that choice. It's a very shallow justification, and it doesn't provide me with a good enough reason by itself to choose one way or the other.
Last edited by SmokeAndMirrors; 01-15-12 at 06:33 PM.
Remind me to have a sexy young gal spank xfactor. This post is a figment of his imagination.