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The Naive Argument against Moral Vegetarianism

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Abstract:

The naive argument against moral vegetarianism claims that if it is wrong for us to eat meant then it is wrong for lions and tigers to do so as well. I argue that the fact that such carnivores lack higher order mental states and need meat to survive do suffice to undermine the naive argument.

Keywords: animal welfare; applied ethics; ethics; naive argument; vegetarianism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3197/096327100129341985

Publication date: 2000-02-01

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