Animal, Vegetable, Miserable Essay

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Sacrificing Animals for Humans
Gary Steiner, a Philosopher, author and Professor at Bucknell University, wrote an article November 2009, in the New York Times entitled, “Animal, Vegetable, Miserable.” In the article, Steiner discusses how unethical he considers it to kill animals for human consumption. In addition to consuming animals, Steiner reports, it’s inhumane to use any products that were made from sacrificing animal lives. The article goes on to say, recently more and more people have become interested in where their meat originated from and how the animals were treated before they were killed. At the same time, others are concerned about whether the animals were fed harmful additives that would affect the health of customers who ate the animals. Nevertheless, Steiner is perplexed about people questioning if it’s immoral to kill the animals in the first place. The author insists, “People who are ethical vegans believe that differences in intelligence between human and non-human animals have no moral significance whatsoever” (Steiner 847). I will argue that Steiner’s essay is self-serving, contradictory and generalizes that only strict vegans are ethical, and I will similarly explain the only reason for his strong persuasive article is to convince everyone to become vegan under the excuse of being moral individuals.
The writer offers no factual support for his claims and he uses his own beliefs and thoughts as being the moral way in which everyone should act. Steiner…

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