Captain, we have a moral dilemma here! We have to begin research immediately to determine whether or not this creature you killed was sapient!
Reverend, we'll do the research, but it's not our immediate concern.
But this creature. . . Don't you care whether or not it had an immortal soul?
Sure, but I'd prefer to find out after I'm done eating it.
Mmmm. . . this brain is the size of a pot roast, only tender!