Ethical Argument Against Eating Meat

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PHIL 4300: Philosophy of Food
Dr. Kaplan
November 15, 2015
Zack Viator

To Eat Meat, or Not to Eat Meat.. LOL

In this paper, I will demonstrate the best arguments (in my opinion) both for and against the consumption of meat. I will conclude with my thoughts on meat consumption and why I think the best stance is a middle ground between eating meat how society currently does and not eating meat such as a vegetarian does.
Arguments AGAINST eating meat:
a. Cruelty-
The ethical argument against eating animals is obvious. How can we cause harm to another sentient being? Livestock is raised with the intention of killing for food, at least eventually. To make these animals suffer is unnecessary in todays times since many people survive
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However, I believe we need to return to a more conscious mindset of eating meat to get nutrition. Most people only get pleasure from eating meat; they often do not need it to survive. If our world society, could decrease dependence on factory farming I think we would be a lot better off. The factory farming for cheap, modified hormone, cookie cutter meat that McDonalds, Taco Bell and essentially all fast food restaurants Americans love so dearly, is costing us dearly. The crazy vegans are somewhat right; this is not sustainable.
We just have so many people today, they all need to eat, we are not getting any more land and it seems that the earth is depleting faster than it is regenerating. The worst however, we are doing a poor job of management as
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However, what even is small scale? Is it a small-scale farm if they supply an entire small city, what about a small country? At what point is small scale not so small anymore? I think that small-scale farming would be best. I think that in order to have a successful small-scale farm, you need to know where the product is going before you “create” it. For example, a farm that raises cattle for beef usually does so without having sold the beef. They slaughter it, package all the beef, and then hope to sell it and be competitive. This leaves the chances that some will spoil and some possibly will have extra. If the beef was accounted for before slaughter it would go to where it was needed, and would eliminate gimmicks such as fillers. This method would shrink the market considerably because there is much less room to exploit the market. Since the market will drive the producer, instead of the producer (aiming at) driving the market. Instead of creating a desire for the beef, the beef will now fill a

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