Analysis Of Norcross's Essay 'Puppies'
If one person chooses to no longer support the farm factory industry and gives up meat, it will not make a difference or impact the companies at all. But, lets says that it takes 10,000 people converting to vegetarianism to reach the threshold that will cause a reduction in poultry production. There is a chance that the lives of 250,00 chickens could be saved. If there is 9,999 people then you joining the cause does make a substantial difference. If you choose not to be the 10,000 person and wait on someone else to be it you are morally wrong. Norcross says being a bystander and not acting draws out the time and suffering of the animals. Also the quicker you act the more you can influence others to do the same. Your behavior and the timing of it does matter in the long run. One person making a stand does make a difference, because if we all believe our actions have no power then there would be no change in the world. The chicken scenario can be related back to the chocolate dessert dilemma. A morally good person would say it is not morally permissible to eat the dessert knowing it comes from the torturing of puppies. So one cannot make the same excuse for the chickens when they know how the poultry industry