ac_dropout, you make some good points, and this is a very thorny issue. The point I’m trying to make is that, despite what liberal society seems to to be trying to preach these days (that any form of sexual expression is OK), I’m arguing that certain forms of sexual expression are definitely NOT ok. Paedophilia, for example. Why? Because the adult who is sexually molesting the child is engaging in a sexual act with someone who is UNwilling (and even if they are willing participants, they are probably not mature enough to realise the consequences of their actions). The child’s rights are being infringed upon. This is why most people would argue that paedophilia is wrong.
That’s why it’s different to something like sado-machism, which involves violence and torture and what not - BUT in which all participants are adults who are willing and aware. No-one’s rights are being infringed upon.
However, in the case of stamping on kittens/puppies/rodents, the rights of the animals are most certainly being infringed upon. They are not willing participants in this act. Therefore, just like paedophilia, this fetish should be condemned.
If this kind of thing is deemed acceptable in a civilised society because of the fact that it is in line with the pursuits of satisfying the sexual drive of certain individuals, then surely paedophilia is just as acceptable.
I would think that in philosophical terms, a developed society should NOT be primarily concerned with the pursuit of liberal pleasure for the individual, but rather be concerned with creating a better life for all of that society’s citizens - the rich, the poor, the young, the old… and those citizens who are unable to speak for themselves - animals. Unfortunately this is a far cry from reality in today’s society in which the values of materialism, me-first, consumerism, and instant gratification are the highest priorities.