I do it so others, as well as myself, can eat them. This accident of circumstance probably disqualifies me from any serious ethical discussion of meat eating. After all, I can hardly claim objectivity. Then again, who can?
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Turkeys, forced to live in cramped cages that are too small to even flap their wings, their toes and beaks cut off without pain killers, and killed in the most inhumane manner imaginable as a PETA investigation revealsunfortunately have nothing to be thankful for.
People think The ethics of eating meat are making a well-informed choice when they avoid meats pumped full of hormones and treated with heavy antibiotics, but I question how such educated consumers could disregard the hellish conditions animals are subjected to every day in order to satisfy a momentary craving.
Many omnivores vehemently defend their choice to eat meat by asking why we should worry about animals when so many people are starving although it does not appear to be a concern when talking about designer suits or luxury vacations.
Ironically, human starvation is just another reason to reconsider raising animals for food.
Every year about million tons of food is fed to farm animals. Of this grossly huge quantity, only a fraction of calories is consumed as meat, while about 40 million tons of food grains can end the most extreme cases of human starvation.
While we turn a blind eye to the abuse of animals in slaughterhouses, as a society we have been very vocal in condemning those accused of animal abuse outside the slaughterhouse. The CEO of Centerplate was recently forced to resign after he was caught on video abusing a dog.
Football player Michael Vick continues to be hated to this day for engaging in illegal dog fighting. There is no morally coherent difference between the dog who was kicked and the chicken, pig, cow or turkey that most people will eat today.
How is it that Americans, so solicitous of the animals they keep as pets, are so indifferent toward the ones they cook for dinner? Norm Phelps, in his book Changing the Game: The principle of bounded ethicality states that when a belief conflicts with a behavior that people are motivated to maintain due to self interest, cultural norms and so forth, most individuals will find a way to convince themselves that their ethical principles do not apply to the behavior in question.
Perhaps this is why stories about eating dogs and cats in Chinaand slaughtering dolphins in Japan, lead to overwhelming outrage in the social mediamostly in the form of comments calling "those people" barbaric by those who have no trouble endorsing the inhumane treatment of animals culturally deemed worthy of consumption.
Of course there are those meat-eaters who throw out claims similar to Anglo theologian C. S Lewis when he argues that animals are sentient but not conscious of being sentient, so torture and death do not harm them.
According to this logic, it would therefore follow that it would be okay to eat newborn human babies or our pet dog, which, just as our Thanksgiving turkey, are also not conscious of being sentient. We claim to be a civilized society that values life, freedom, compassion and justice.
Let us stop our pretensions of civility by merely moving the gruesome slaughter of animals from the amphitheaters to slaughterhouses hidden from public view does not make us anymore civilized than the medieval times.Mar 15, · Re “The Unhealthy Meat Market,” by Nicholas Kristof (column, March 13): Aside from the environmental costs as well as the negative effects on human health, given that it is possible to live a.
10 Comments on The Ethics of Eating Meat (and Other Animal Products) We all know where we’re at with regards to farming. It is a ubiquitous practice throughout . May 10, · On the ethics of eating meat. All living organisms must eat and when one eats, some other creature or plant must die.
The food chain has existed from the beginning of time and each organism in the chain occupies its position as a result of evolutionary contingencies.
May 14, · My meat-eating is ethical, in the sense that it is not gratuitous; I understand intimately the implications and contradictions of my consumption. Posted in Food Tagged food, ethical carnivore, Louse Gray, eating meat, ethical consumer, what to eat, dairy industry Published by Emma Emma Baird is a type 1 diabetic and a writer with a keen interest in health and nutrition.
Dec 16, · The 'Ethics' of Meat Eating It is time for us to examine our fundamental views about animal ethics, to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask, .