Pet Owners Who Eat Meat

TitlePet Owners Who Eat Meat
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsBoxall, SF, Funke, MB, Funke, RD, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published09/2013
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Keywordspersonal ethics
AbstractMany of us have pets who we love and treasure like family members, and would cringe at the thought of eating a pet. And yet, most pet owners eat meat. There is no difference in term of sentience between companion animals and "food" animals. This suggests that there is an inconsistency underlying our common distinctions between animals we care about and the animals we use. However, some people argue that, just as we are morally justified in treating our friends and family members with preference, pets are ethically distinguishable precisely because we care about them.
NotesCase from the 2013 Regional Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
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