I think when it comes down to defining a life or placing a meaning behind something it heavily relies on how the individual views it. Each person has their own set of beliefs and values that are usually instilled to them by the environment they grow up in. Collectively these values add up to defining the rules and regulations that a society abides by. When we collectively place a meaning behind it then it becomes something that is sacred and respected. I don’t think the issue lies with how a person defines a life but how the society they live in shapes their views of the different lives that make up our environment. So when we apply the behavior of a society when it comes to the food industry, we can start seeing patterns in how they define animal rights. The importance of an animal’s life lies with how a society molds its citizen to view it. If the norm of a good meal is to eat at McDonalds or KFC then a society will place more value in keeping that industry alive even if it means to continue the abuse of the animals that make that business flourish. Our society values these overconsumption behaviors that objectify animals as just another resource that can be used and abused for their own selfish needs. I believe if we want to reduce the environmental issues that come with environmental issues and health issues then we need to value life at a deeper level whether it includes consciousness or not instead of valuing life as just another resource.