The Ethics Of Eating Meat: Ethics, Ethics And Ethics

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I used to not have an opinion about eating meat, in the past few weeks that has changed drastically. I was reading an interesting article on the ethics of eating meat and it dawned on me that I had no substantial outlook on this important topic. I had always eaten meat and had no reason to stop. Never before had I thought in depth about why I eat meat and what effect eating meat has on myself and the earth. This prompted me to investigate and learn about the conversations regarding the ethics and morality of eating meat. Three points of view quickly revealed themselves: the meat eating argument, the conscious omnivore argument, and vegetarian/vegan or anti-meat eating argument. Of these three points of view the conscious omnivore argument…show more content…
For the sake of this argument, ethics, in the context of eating meat, is defined by Jay Bost’s definition. He defines being ethical as “living in the most ecologically benign way” and making the lest amount of negative global impact as one can (Bost). Although ethics and morality may seem similar they are in fact vastly different as Hsiao’s definition of morality shows. One is moral if they belong to “the moral community” which is “a community of rational and free beings” (Hsiao 285). Those who think meat eating is morally right and acceptable and that humans may eat as much meat from as many sources as they wish compose the meat eating argument. The vegetarian and vegan arguments debate the opposite. They believe that eating meat is not morally right and extremely resource consuming, thus we should not eat meat in any circumstances. The conscious omnivore argument is a middle ground between these two and will be defined fully later…show more content…
Conscious omnivores, also known as conscious meat eaters, believe taste is not just something that brings pleasure but rather is an art form and thus needs to be appreciated and treated as so. Next, one’s diet forms part of their identity and changing this, for example the addition or removal of eating meat, would be an alteration of ones identity and character. And finally, a meaningful omnivore’s specific diet prompts engagement in reality making them conscious of the processes that have occurred from farm to fork (Ciocchetti

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