Ethics Of Eating Meat

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The issue of meat consumption and on whether to allow the practice or discontinue it has been a controversial topic. Non-meat eaters argue it is unethical because it is abusive to animals, in the sense that animals are not given the opportunity to roam free and experience its surroundings. On the other hand, meat consumers argue that eating meat is ethical as long as meat eaters are conscious of how their meat is collected and the treatment of livestock is humane. The consumption of meat is an act that an individual decides whether to partake in or not. Therefore, the option of eating meat should not be completely taken away, but should be limited. Eating meat ties in with vegetarian and vegan diets, in the sense that both have to follow guidelines…show more content…
Animal activists accuse meat eaters of being critical when it comes to picking which species to consume. For example, in source D, Jonathan Safran Foer accuses meat eaters of being fickle of the species they consume. He depicts meat eaters as being discriminatory towards the idea of eating certain species by contrasting the U.S’ meat eating choices with countries such as India, Spain, and French. However, Foer’s argument is impractical. To hold the whole world to the same dietary standards is unreasonable; the differences in religion, accessibility, taste preference, and etc. makes that sort of radical ideology out of bounds. Regarding Foer’s logic of ‘all meat eaters should consume any species’ flesh,’ should also be applied to all non-meat eaters and their diet preferences. Granted, meat eaters have different preferences when it pertains to the species they consume. However, the same applies to non-meat eaters having biases to certain crops. Both sides must recognize how unreasonable it is to force the whole population to eat a diet composed of the two extremes; which are to consume all varieties of meat or all sorts of plants. A realistic and reasonable solution is limiting the amount of meat the U.S consumes. By eating a specific type of species, instead of eating numerous species; lessens the consumption of meat in general. According to source E, the U.S is the second highest consumers of meat, right below Luxembourg. The U.S consumes an excessive amount of meat, this issue can be minimized by informing the public about their food items’ origins; which would lead the public to the revelation of the amount of meat they consume. Thus, stabilizing the amount of meat consumption and pleasing non-meat eaters to a reasonable
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