I wonder what Peter Singer would say about this?
His usual argument is that adult non-human animals deserve more moral consideration than a newborn human baby because the adult is self-aware whereas the newborn is not and human vs. non-human does not deserve special consideration – sentience does.
So, I understand that piercing a babie’s ear is inflicting pain when the baby really doesn’t care at all about having pierced ears. But, I think its really cute and what if your baby girl looks like a boy? Or what if you wanna have your baby boy look like a lil pimp? I mean, it’s a pretty small amount of pain and if it really is a baby its not even self aware, the crying is a reaction to the pain but it won’t even register what “pain” is.
What do you think?