Grazer Philosophische Studien 88 (1):269-280 (2013)

Is it morally permissible to eat animals? To answer this question, two relevant aspects need to be distinguished: causing suffering and killing. A non-metaphysical moral conception of animal rights centred on the consideration of animals' subjective well-being suggests that, provided certain demanding conditions are fulfilled, consuming products from living and dead animals can be morally permissible. Killing animals for food, however, conflicts strongly with common moral beliefs. Despite the theoretical possibility of procuring animal products in a morally acceptable manner, prudential as well as indirect moral reasons strongly point toward giving up consumption of animal products
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