The number of chronically hungry people in the world is over 800 million, yet developed countries are facing health challenges from rising rates of obesity.
According to a poll conducted in 2016, approximately eight million US adults are vegetarian. The reasons that many vegetarians pose for their meatless diet vary, often including environmental or health benefits. However, what about the simple reason that killing animals for food is not morally justifiable? If the entire planet could survive eating only a vegetarian diet, are we justified in killing millions of animals a year?
In this episode of Wireless Philosophy, Tyler Doggett of the University of Vermont tackles this question. If we do not approve of killing other humans for food (perhaps excluding dire circumstances), why do the majority of us continue to take part in a non-vegetarian diet?
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Morality tells us how we ought to behave, if we want to do the right thing. But is there a reason why we ought to be moral in the first place?
Human rights—like freedom from discrimination and slavery— are fundamental rights and freedoms that every person enjoys simply because they're human.