Moral Vegetarianism from a Very Broad Basis

Journal of Moral Philosophy 6 (2):143-165 (2009)

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David DeGrazia
George Washington University
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This paper defends a qualified version of moral vegetarianism. It defends a weak thesis and, more tentatively, a strong thesis, both from a very broad basis that assumes neither that animals have rights nor that they are entitled to equal consideration. The essay's only assumption about moral status, an assumption defended in the analysis of the wrongness of cruelty to animals, is that sentient animals have at least some moral status. One need not be a strong champion of animal protection, then, to embrace moral vegetarianism. One need only assume some reasonable view of animals' moral status
Keywords VEGETARIANISM   MORAL STATUS   FAMILY FARMS   UNNECESSARY HARM   ANIMALS   FACTORY FARMS   MEAT-EATING
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