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The Moral Complexities of Eating Meat$
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Ben Bramble and Bob Fischer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199353903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199353903.001.0001

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Strict Vegetarianism Is Immoral

Strict Vegetarianism Is Immoral

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The Moral Complexities of Eating Meat

Donald W. Bruckner

Oxford University Press

The most popular and convincing arguments for the claim that vegetarianism is morally obligatory focus on the extensive, unnecessary harm done to animals and to the environment by raising animals industrially in confinement conditions (factory farming). These arguments may succeed in showing that purchasing and consuming industrially raised meat is immoral. They fail, however, to establish that strict vegetarianism is obligatory because they falsely assume that eating vegetables is the only alternative to eating factory-farmed meat that avoids the harms of factory farming. Moreover, the very premises of the arguments imply that eating some (non-factory-farmed) meat rather than only vegetables is morally obligatory. Therefore, if the central premises of these usual arguments are true, then strict vegetarianism is immoral.

Keywords:   vegetarianism, factory farm, animals, environment

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