I’ve been reading a lot about ethics and utilitarianism lately, particularly Practical Ethics by Peter Singer. His logic and presentation of Preference Utilitarianism, particularly as it pertains to the person-hood of creatures, is compelling. Because of this, I have decided to change my own behavior and stop eating most meat excepting fish which I’ll address in a moment. Here are my main thoughts on the matter:
- The small pleasure that I receive from eating meat requires the real pain of other sentient creatures.
- I don’t want to support the factory farming that supports the vast majority of meat production in this country.
- I’ve excepted fish and other seafood because I don’t think it meets the criteria of sentience and person-hood of the other most common forms of meat.
- This isn’t the final answer. As I think more about the ethical ramifications of my life, I may revise this in other directions.
I’ll be happy to answer any questions in the comments.