Safran Foer Eat Meat Analysis

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The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But can they suffer? – Jeremy Bentham regarded as the founder of utilitarianism. (1747-1832). Utilitarianism defines as the sum of all pleasure that results from an action, missing the suffering of anyone involved. This seeds of this theory is applied to the ethics of raising animals for food. Animal exploitation is a genuine and ongoing process in our society manifesting into an industry that brings into questions the ethical and moral rights of factory farming. Jonathan Safran Foer relates in his article “Against Meat,” the struggles he faced, earlier in life, to eliminate meat from his diet and convert to a vegetarian style of life. Factory Farming was a primary focus in his decision not to eat meat citing the gruesome way in which poultry, pigs, and cattle are raised to supply the demand for processed meats when writing his novel “Eating Animals.” Foer’s argument …show more content…
It is the only Federal law in the United States that regulates the treatment of animals in research, exhibition, transport, and by dealers. What it does not cover is the treatment of farm factory animals, an industry whereby the animals can be raised inside as opposed to outside and in large numbers. Factory Farming or Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) dominates the meat production industry raising over 10 billion chickens, pigs, cattle, turkeys, sheep, and other related animals annually in the United States, to being killed for food. These animals are not raised on family farms but on large agricultural facilities called factory farms also known as Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s). Even though the USDA oversees food production laws, with no federal law in place they are limited on setting the humane standard of care for animals raised on the factory

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