Moral Vegetarianism, Part 2 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. SOME PROBLEMS OF MORAL VEGETARIANISM With respect to traditional moral vegetarianism some problems immediately come to the fore. Depending on the answer to this question, moral arguments for vegetarianism could be undercut by technology. Who Should Not Eat Meat, or What Does a Vegetarian Feed His Dog? It is at best a side issue in the debate about moral vegetarianism.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 9 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. Some vegetarians have argued that it is impossible for one to maintain without absurdity that animals have a right not to suffer pain and yet have no right to life. But far from supporting moral vegetarianism, these alternative analyses seem to make moral vegetarianism even more difficult to support in terms of animal rights. Tags: Moral Vegetarianism

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Jan Narveson on Moral Vegetarianism

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And the other is taking up vegetarianism. Utilitarians persuaded of the leading premise here should, I think, be willing to pay the higher prices, and to plump for protections of animals of the kind in question. But what about the vegetarian alternative? How do we know but what, once we got used to a vegetarian diet, we would find that our pleasure is scarcely diminished at all?

Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

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The Bottom Line: The government cares more about protecting agribusiness profits than it does about protecting the health of consumers. Meanwhile, protect yourself and your family from such germs by refusing to purchase or consume any meat produced on factory farms. Better yet, go vegetarian and stop having to worry about poisoning yourself or a loved one

Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

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Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available. The case for ethical vegetarianism starts with several uncontroversial premises. At the time of slaughter, these frightened animals are inhumanely loaded onto trucks and shipped long distances to the slaughterhouse without food or water or protection from the elements. There are environmental reasons for becoming vegetarian.

Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

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Most informative for a discussion about vegan advocacy is the section about the animal rights movement (and unfortunately he alternately calls it “animal protection” and also refers to welfare, perhaps because of the Humane Research Council’s study that people prefer the word “protection”).

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On "That's Why We Don't Eat Animals"

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" That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things ," written and illustrated by Ruby Roth, has gorgeous and haunting illustrations.

R. G. Frey on Feeling and Principle

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In other words, we become vegetarians, not through any decision of principle, but through being unable to bring ourselves to continue to dine upon the flesh of animals. We become vegetarians in this way, however, only if we are revolted to a degree sufficient to overcome our fondness or liking for meat; and whether we are going to be sufficiently revolted by what we read and hear cannot be known in advance by the advocate of vegetarianism.

Flight to Freedom

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About Animal Defenders International (ADI): With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogota, Animal Defenders International (ADI) campaigns to protect animals in entertainment; replacement of animals in experiments; worldwide traffic in endangered species; vegetarianism; factory farming; pollution and conservation. ADI gathered evidence has led to campaigns and legislative action all over the world to protect them.

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From the Mailbag

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It takes a slightly different take on vegetarian advocacy—trying to quantify the effects of single meal decisions to protect the environment and improve animal welfare. Hello, We've recently launched a new website, the PB&J Campaign. At this point we're emailing websites and blogs that have related themes, our goal being to get the word out that the site exists. Please let me know if you have any questions about it. Cheers, Bernard Brown

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A Self-Interested Reason to Not Eat Meat

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Protect your own health and the future effectiveness of antibiotics: Go vegetarian in 2010 Here’s another self-interested reason to not eat meat: Drug-resistant bacteria are routinely found in beef, chicken, and pork sold in supermarkets. Drug-resistant infections are by no means rare.

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Reasons Consistently Applied

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I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians. That's because those who read Animal Ethics with regularity know that there are many compelling reasons to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. There are environmental reasons to go vegetarian: The production of animal-derived foods is implicated in every major environmental problem. a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of death from ischemic heart disease.

From Today's New York Times

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22): Mr. Steiner might feel less lonely as an ethical vegan—he says he has just five vegan friends—if he recognized that he has allies in mere vegetarians (like me), ethical omnivores and even carnivores. Go vegan, go vegetarian, go humane or just eat less meat.

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It is that coercion (via legal prohibition) is not a proper method of protecting animals, at least if the aim is to protect animals. Still others will do so because they believe, rightly or wrongly, that vegetarianism (or demi-vegetarianism) is good for human beings. I foresee a day, perhaps not far in the future, in which it is illegal to raise cows, pigs, and other animals for food.

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Julian H. Franklin on Animal Rights

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Indeed, the ability of intelligent and educated people to avoid confronting the issue, or to offer endless evasions and rationalizations of delay on a question as straightforward as vegetarianism, even when they have heard and (reluctantly) accepted the argument in favor, is astonishing as well as depressing. Nor have I dealt with advances in the legal protection of animals both in practice and in theory.

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From Today's New York Times

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In the United States pork industry, the vast majority of the more than 100 million pigs raised each year are housed in climate-controlled buildings that protect them from the elements, illness and disease and that allow for individual care. The next logical step for those who eat in restaurants is to demand more vegetarian-vegan options on their menus.

Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

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In his fresh and candid first post (available here ), Jonathan admitted that he is struggling with the issue of ethical vegetarianism. Problem #2 The above rationalization acknowledges the wrongness of contributing to unnecessary suffering , but tries to find a way around the argument for ethical vegetarianism by considering the merely theoretical possibility of humanely raised animals. Not according to Dr. Castelli: “The vegetarian societies of the world have the best diet.

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From Today's New York Times

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It also offers an equally harsh negative judgment of the federal authorities whose mandate is to protect the integrity of the public’s food supply chain but who have chosen to interpret this responsibility so lightly as to let such claims stand while ignoring repeated offenses by the industry. 4, 2009 To the Editor: I have been a strict vegetarian most of my life, and, as such, I have never lacked reasons—ethical, economic and health-related—to continue this lifestyle.