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Minimalizacja cierpienia zwierząt a wegetarianizm
Minimisation of Animal Suffering and Vegetarianism

Author(s): Krzysztof Saja
Subject(s): Philosophy, History of Philosophy
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego
Keywords: welfarism; animal suffering; veganism, beefism; vegetarianism; Peter Singer; environmental ethics; utilitarianism

Summary/Abstract: The article is a reductio ad absurdum of assumptions which are shared by a largenumber of followers of the animal welfare movement and utilitarianism. I arguethat even if we accept the main ethical arguments for a negative moral assessmentof eating meat we should not promote vegetarianism but rather beefism (eating onlymeat from beef cattle). I also argue that some forms of vegetarianism, i.e. ichtivegetarianism,can be much more morally worse than normal meat diet. In order to justifythese thesis I show that there are significant moral differences in the consumptionof animal products from different species.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 22
  • Page Range: 67-83
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish