Eating Animal Ethics

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1. “In 2009, a tiny one percent of the US population reported eating vegetarian or vegan. Now, 5% of the United States population is vegetarian and half of those people are vegan” (Watters, 2015). The 5% of the United States population is approximately 16 million people who tend to be a vegetarian and a vegan. The vegans are those people who choose not to consume or eat animals. Human consumption of animals results to two moral arguments whether eating animals is ethical or unethical. For some people, human consumption of animals should not be morally accepted because according to LoSacco (2012), “The current methods by which 99% of animals are “farmed” for human consumption are appallingly cruel. Livestock are kept cramped in close quarters,…show more content…
When the time comes to “harvest” their flesh for meat, their deaths are executed so inefficiently that the animals often continue to struggle well into “processing”. On the other hand, some people argue that human consumption of animals should be morally accepted because, Christine Korsgaard, the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University, questions that “What if it is not natural for animals to eat meat? How do we know? What if the only way that the growing human population can eat meat is through factory farming practices? Can we still imagine ourselves as a natural link in a chain of life when there is nothing natural about the way we raise and eat our food? If people believe that the way their food is raised is unethical, do they have a moral obligation not to eat it?” (Evensen, 2014). As a result human consumption of animals can be morally accepted under certain conditions. It is not morally accepted because we have to respect their rights to life and not make them suffer. So, according to…show more content…
In the ancient times, humans kill animals to survive and have food. Basically, it is saying that if they don’t kill they will die. However, animals are not the only food that they can eat before. There are fruits and vegetables that they could eat. However, if there is no food other than the animal, it might be an ethical decision to kill it in order to survive. In addition, people explains that it is ethical to eat animals because they believe that humans life is more valuable that the lives of the animals. They are using a hierarchy to explain this issue as well as using the food chain to state that it is what is supposed to be. However, we cannot deny that killing an animal is not justifiable. Animals did not do anything to harm us but we are the ones that put them to harm. Hence, the only reason that humans can eat animals is when we do not inflict harm and be the cause of the death of the
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