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Should you go vegan? Show more Show less

Consuming meat is a big part of some diets around the world, particularly in western food traditions. However, with production being land and resource intensive, and with a number of environmental and health impacts to consider we must ask, should we be going vegan?

Eating animal products is unethical Show more Show less

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Animal cruelty

Farmed animals have been proven to have feelings, thoughts, and personalities. On today’s factory farms, they’re crammed by the thousands into filthy sheds and wire cages. Some never see the light of day.

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The Argument

Animals have rights like humans do. People do not have the right to make them suffer their whole life just to serve us as an unnecessary food. Non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own existence and their most basic interests. Their right to avoid suffering should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings.

Counter arguments

Humans are more important than animals. Animals are less intelligent than humans and may not have a consciousness. What we consider to be cruel treatment of animals is nothing but the split second of pain they experience when they are killed.

Premises

[P1] Animals have inherent rights and values. [P2] Eating animal products is unethical and cruel.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Animals do not have rights in the same way people do.

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