The Ethics of Raising Animals for Food Persuasive Essay by Nicky

The Ethics of Raising Animals for Food
An examination of whether and how it is ethical to raise animals for human consumption.
# 149233 | 1,884 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 30, 2011 in Ethics (General)

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The paper considers the views of various philosophers on morality and animals and explains the moral, ethical, ecological/environmental, and health-related reasons why this issue is important. The paper then discusses the arguments for and against raising animals for food and concludes with this writer's opinion that while he does not pass ethical or moral judgment on those who regularly eat red meat, pork or chicken, he does pass judgment on the unethical strategies used in "factory farming" of poultry, pigs and cattle. The writer contends that is unconscionable for corporations to crowd thousands of chickens into small enclosures and fatten them up using chemicals just to obtain the highest possible profit.

Why is This Issue Important?
Arguments For and Against Animals Grown for Human Food
Explain The Position Taken on These Issues

From the Paper:

"As background for the points he wants to make, Masson first runs though the fallacies with reference to humans vs. animals; to wit, humans are: "the only animals with culture" (false, wolves learn wolf culture at an early age); "the only animal to use language" (false, broadly described, animals have communication tools as a kind of language); the "only animals with complex emotions" (false, Darwin demonstrated that animals have emotions in 1872); the only animals "with a sense of death" (false, "elephants mourn their dead perhaps as deeply as we do"); and humans are the only animals who can project into the immediate future (false, look at the face of a dog when the owner gets the leash out in preparation for a dog walk).
"Masson makes more points that contribute thoughtfulness to the question of why this issue is important, and the author not just alluding to the age-old debate between vegetarians and meat-eaters in this genre. For example, Masson (p. 34) points out that the "mega-animal farms" (also called "factory farming") are polluting "our air, our water, and our land." He is talking about large pens packed with pigs, cattle, chickens and other animals "trapped as they are fattened up for slaughter." Of course Masson is alluding to the grossness and cruelty of factory farming but he also brings science and environment into his argument."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • East Bay Animals Advocates (EBAA). (2005). Foster Farm Facts. Retrieved June 23, 2009,From
  • Fitzenberger, Jennifer M. (2004). California report criticizes animal cruelty at large cattleAnd poultry farms. Sacramento Bee, Retrieved June 22, 2009, from
  • Fraser, David, and Weary, Daniel M. (2004) Quality of Life for Farm Animals: LinkingScience, Ethics, and Animal Welfare. In G. J. Benson and B. E. Rollin (Eds.) The Well-Being of Farm Animals: Challenges and Solutions. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Gruzalski, Bart. (1983). The Case Against Raising and Killing Animals for Food. In H.B. Miller and W.H. Williams (Eds.) Ethics and Animals (pp. 254-259). Totowa, NJ:Humana Press.
  • Masson, Jeffrey. (2009). Face on Your Plate: The Truth About Food. New York: W. W.Norton & Company.

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