In the beginning of Norcross, Alastair introduces an analogy. The analogy consists of two premises and a conclusion. The first of the premises looks into the story of Fred. Fred was in an auto accident and he damaged his Godiva gland. Therefore, he decided to torture puppies in order to produce cocoamone. Cocoamone is the hormone that lets people enjoy the taste of chocolate. In the second premise, Norcross discusses about the situation of the animals raised in farms. How could they be different from the torture of puppies by Fred? He looks further into the situation by giving similarities between the two premises. Norcross examines the stress filled lives of the animals in farms. He suggests that these animals are confined, cramped, and
Many people question whether or not the morality of treating animals in a humane way outweighs the morality of cheaper food for a nation where 1 in 6 people are facing hunger, and/or starving in any way. Back in the day, a while after World War II, industrial agriculture was applauded as a technological success that permitted an ever growing population to practically feed themselves. Now, many farmers and scientists see it as a blind alley, rather made for factory work. The way we are going in a population that is constantly
Although the issues of race, wage equality, and abortion are topics that have been addressed during this presidential election one of the most important issues in America is flying under the radar. Animal Production is the systematic production of animals for milk, eggs, and meat produced to the highest level which is used to lower the cost and mass distributed to the public for consumption. Advocates of mass animal production such as the blog greengarageblog.org, have argued that animal production is inexpensive due to the food being produced and processed at a faster rate, can offer jobs as it is one of the biggest industries in the United States, can allow for greater variety and availability as the food is so cheap and the biotechnological
Between the arguments of animals being experimented on and animals being people who are our pets; there is a major controversial conflict about it. In the article, “Eating Animals the Nice Way.” by Jeff McMahan, he states, “Many people are opposed to factory farming because of the terrible suffering it inflicts on animals, yet see no
Ever since the beginning of time, meat has been a staple of the human diet. People have many reasons why they chose not to consume meat. One of the most common reasons some people chose not to eat meat is because they believe that it is unethical. There are many processes required in order to produce meat for conception, and these processes have become widely known to the public and cause a great deal of controversy. Animals are often tortured, genetically modified, and live in squalid conditions before they become the meat we put on our dinner tables. In Michael Pollan’s book, An Omnivore’s Dilemma, we are focused on many different views of eating meat and other foods that are products of animals. The majority of those who chose to consume
The last thing that comes to our mind when we order a piece of steak at a restaurant is
Norcross believe that one should not eat meat that is raised in a factory. He uses an argument about torturing puppies and eating their brains. Although his argument about Fred and his extreme cruelty to feel the sensation of eating chocolate is cruel, it puts one in a state of mind to pay close attention to his point. What is his point? Eating animals that are raised in factories are just is cruel as torturing puppies for one’s own pleasure. He states that Fred’s pleasures do not make it morally permissible to torture puppies. This is compared to livestock in factory farms because, they undergo the same kind of torture and abuse. His conclusion is that, torturing puppies and eating meats from factory raised cattle are one in the same and is immoral.
Michael Pollan’s alternative to Factory farming has given a huge insight into a better ethics on food. In “The Animals: Practicing Complexity” Michael Pollan writes about a polyface farm and how it works. The goal of a polyface farm is to emotionally, economically, and environmentally enhance agriculture. Everything on a polyface farm has the potential to be helpful to something else on the farm. Pollan states “The chicken feed not only feeds the broilers but, transformed into chicken crap, feeds the grass that feeds the cows that, as I was about to see, feeds the pigs and the laying hens” (Pollan 345). This chain of profit very beneficial to farms because overall they spend much less money and have more money to spend elsewhere. There 's
“To satisfy the public's ever-growing appetite for meat, slaughterhouses in the United States killed ten billion animals last year. That's 27,397,260 animals every day, 1,141,553 every hour, 19,026 every minute” (Jones). Many animals are being placed in slaughter houses each year to meet this high demand. Farm animal welfare refers to the state, living condition, and treatment, animals are but under in farms. Cruel animal welfare has spread throughout the world killing millions of animals in inhumane ways. Farmers do not care about the living conditions for the animals; they are just trying to reach the demand to produce enough meat to make money. Animals in these slaughter houses are going to be slaughtered for consumption; they should live
Factory farming is not a good thing because the animals suffer, the animals are treated with antibiotics, and factory farming affects the environment. The animals suffer because of the living conditions that they are in. The animals are treated with antibiotics that they don’t even need. The environment gets polluted with all of the manure. People should go and buy meat from the local meat market because those animals do not go through all the cruelty that they go through in factory
Many of us, nowadays, eat and enjoy eating meat but many would agree that this is actually not an ethical action. Michael Pollan, in his persuasive style article “An Animal's Place" published in The New Work Times Magazine, on November 10, 2002 intends to persuade his audience that humans should respect animals and as long as they are treated well in farms and give them a more peaceful life and death it will be fine to eat them. According to Pollan, in today's huge industrial farms, cruel and unbearable things happen that are against animals rights. There is a high possibility that in the future these actions will stop as already some protest for animal rights have begun, because animals have feelings and farms take advantage of them thinking that they are mere machines, making them suffer. The solution to this conflict according to the author who supports friendly farms that respect and give a fun and secure life for animals. I believe that the author is convincing because he first makes clear what the argument is about, he then presents both moral arguments and
Due to the conditions the animals are held in and how many animals are in each farm, “food is produced at lower costs as compared to smaller farms.” (Harri Daniel). This being said, consumers would benefit as well because the produce would be priced lower at your local grocery store compared to that of other farms. Some individuals think factory farming is okay because “Animals don 't have any rights because they don 't have the mental capacity to make moral claims, or make moral judgement, or have any inner conscious or free will” (Carl Cohen). Since he feels animals do have have the ability to speak up for themselves, he believes factory farming should be allowed and morally
In today’s world, there is a division among the people in the world regarding whether or not it is ethical to eat meat. After researching about eating meat and vegetarianism, I have come to the conclusion that it is indeed ethical to eat meat in today’s society. Sure, eating meat might have its drawbacks, but I have found that the benefits of eating meat far outweigh the negatives of eating it. Eating meat not only helps improve people’s health, but it also helps strengthen our economy and it has little difference in the environmental impact that involves in the farming of vegetables.
Imagine a day in the life of a common farm animal. Far from the peaceful grazing life one would envision, the livestock of today endure horrific conditions - from suffering painful diseases to being separated from their mothers at too young of an age. Not only are these conditions harmful to the animals, the food produced by them is unnecessary to humanity’s well-being and can even be damaging to society’s overall health. Since the definition of ethics is having well-founded standards of right and wrong, this process of producing meat for our consumption is unethical.
“In 2016, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that Americans ate an average of 54.3 pounds of beef, 92.1 pounds of chicken, and 50.4 pounds of pork, per person, per year” (Vegetarianism). Food production counts for only one of the many injustices animals face daily. Although they have been proven emotionally intelligent, mankind views these entities as subservient and continue to harm them. People around the world have created organizations that work to ameliorate the treatment of animals. As the animal rights movement nobly fights to improve the conditions of these living creatures, daily human activities and the moral values of some prolong the acceptance of animal equality.