Ethics: Is there a universal definition for compassion?
If one lives by compassion to any degree, surely the axiom of that philosophy would be not to harm others regardless of species or race.
If there is not a universal definition or axiom for compassion then my logic may be flawed, but until i can reason otherwise i cannot see the justification in artificially raising & killing animals for merely our personal enjoyment (ie taste). Every reasoning i've tried can be applied to much more extremes such as cannibalism.
"The thinking (person) must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another."
— Albert Schweitzer