Fighting for animal liberation and an end to speciesism
The Immorality of Eating Meat
Mylan Engel, Jr.
Abstract: Mylan Engel, Jr. teaches philosophy at Northern Illinois University. He has published several articles in epistemology, philosophy of religion, and metaphysics. His current research concerns human obligations to nonhuman animals. In this article, Professor Engel advances an argument for the immorality of eating meat. Unlike other ethical arguments for vegetarianism, the argument advanced is not predicated on the wrongness of speciesism, nor does it depend on your believing that all animals are equal or that all animals have a right to life, nor is it predicated on some highly contentious metaethical theory which you reject. Rather, it is predicated on your beliefs. Simply put, the argument shows that even those of you who are steadfastly committed to valuing humans over nonhumans are nevertheless committed to the immorality of eating meat, given your other beliefs.
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