From Today's Los Angeles Times

Animal Ethics

To the editor: The gorilla Harambe’s killing at the Cincinnati Zoo surely calls our society to ask if it is moral or just to keep animals in a prison to be used, at worst, as objects of entertainment or, at best, under the guise of “education.” (“ Harambe the gorilla dies, meat-eaters grieve ,” Opinion, June 5) Is there no accountability on the part of the parents of the child who found himself in the gorilla exhibit? This horrible incident has raised some tough questions indeed.

Animal Rights is Pernicious Nonsense?

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It's too bad that Latimer's presentation is so obnoxious, as even when he raises what might be valid points, he makes you want to disagree with him. Again, they just want to prevent the "cruel" hunters from killing Bambi's mother. Perhaps Latimer should read some of Responsible Policies for Animals ' literature (like Factsheet #4 , about deer kills and ecosystems).

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Dedicated keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi Elephant Nursery in Kenya protect baby Shukuru from the cold and rain, and the risk of pneumonia, with a custom-made raincoat.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: I appreciate Nicolette Hahn Niman’s efforts in raising awareness about the conditions in which pigs are raised (“ Pig Out ,” Op-Ed, March 14), but I was struck by her comment that it is incumbent on us to ensure that animals have decent lives because we ask them to make the ultimate sacrifice for us. What we are doing is raising and then killing animals so that we can eat them.

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Soon after I read Gary Steiner’s article, my wife asked me to kill a spider, which I did. We kill so many living creatures when we build a house, construct a road, drive down that road or just walk on a path. How far do we go in protecting them?

Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available. Similarly, most people also agree that: (2) It is wrong to kill a conscious sentient animal for no good reason. Nor ought we kill them without reason. 8) The argument for the immorality of eating meat continues with two additional, undeniable premises: (3) The animals that become that meat are killed.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 9 of 13

Animal Ethics

So, even if animals are killed painlessly and raised for food in humane ways, it is wrong to kill them. Consequently, the killing of some animals for food, if done painlessly, is not morally objectionable. They, too, may be killed and eaten on the view under consideration, provided, of course, that they are killed painlessly. The question remains whether it is seriously wrong to kill animals for food.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 2 of 13

Animal Ethics

Since animals cannot be judged morally praiseworthy or blameworthy, the question of whether it is morally wrong for them to eat meat cannot be raised. This doesn’t mean we let them run wild, for we need to protect ourselves. This becomes especially true when one realizes that vegetarians often argue that a reason that it is prima facie wrong to eat animals is that animals must be killed to provide the food.

Animal Advocates' Successes Have Factory Farmers Running Scared

Animal Ethics

The column, which you can read here , is a call to arms to factory farmers to fight back against those individuals and organizations working to protect farm animals from the abuses inherent in factory farms. Recent victories by animal protection advocates have an increasing number of pro-factory-farming lobbyists worried about the future of animal agriculture. There is no ethical justification for killing an animal for no good reason.

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Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

He clearly thinks that it is wrong to cause animals to suffer unnecessarily, but he appears to be somewhat ambivalent about killing animals (provided the killing is carried out humanely). Since it would not be wrong to eat the flesh of animals raised in that manner, eating meat is not morally wrong! [As Over 95% of all animals raised for food in the U.S. are raised in cruel, inhumane factory farms. What does he think about killing animals?

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