Category Archives: applied ethics

Animals and Liberty

In his paper Do Animals Have an Interest in Liberty, Alasdair Cochrane draws a distinction between two different kinds of interests. A being has an instrumental interest in liberty if their interest is “dependent on its facilitation of other goods, such as the … Continue reading

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Veganism and Species Extinction

Some critics of veganism and animal rights advocacy claim that if we stopped eating meat, many species of farm animals would go extinct. The extinction of a species is seen as a bad thing, and so it is argued that we ought … Continue reading

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Leslie Cannold on Veganism and Animal Rights

This Guardian article by Leslie Cannold has been getting a lot of attention. Although Cannold is sympathetic to animal welfare, she believes that ethical carnivorism is possible – that there are ethical or humane ways of killing animals for food. … Continue reading

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On killing humanely raised animals

A lot of people agree that we cannot morally justify the way we treat animals in factory farms and slaughterhouses. The question of whether there might be ethical ways of raising animals for food is more contentious. It is a widely … Continue reading

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Speciecism and the Argument from Marginal Cases

In her book The Animal Question : Why Nonhuman Animals Deserve Human Rights, Paola Cavalieri describes our current moral beliefs about animals in the following way: Clearly, what we are dealing with today is a stratified moral community. Both we and the … Continue reading

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Looking back after a year of vegetarianism

Growing up in India, I didn’t get to eat meat as often as I would have liked. In most households in many parts of India, the diet is mostly vegetarian, and ours was no exception. Meat wasn’t an everyday thing, it … Continue reading

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