You can’t both say that animals do have a moral by claiming that torture of animals is morally wrong, and to claim that they don’t have a moral value by enslaving, hurting and killing them for palatable pleasure, convenience, habit or tradition.
There can only be two cases:
1. Animals do have a moral value, and if this is the case they have the right not to be treated as commodities; or
2. They don’t have a moral value, and if this is the case then animal abuse is morally justified.
When you admit to the proposition ‘It is unethical to inflict unnecessary suffering and death for pleasure, convenience, habit or tradition’, you admit that animals have a moral value, and thus the right not to be treated as a commodity, including the right not to be consumed.
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There is a tendency to see inherent or intrinsic value as some mysterious concept. It’s not. It just reflects the reality that some things–nonsentient things like rocks, cars, and cell phones–have value only to the extent we value them. Some others–humans and sentient nonhumans–value themselves even if no one else values them. Inherent value is the name we given to the moral recognition of that valuation.
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For anyone who think that animals have a moral value, and that it is wrong to inflict unnecessary suffering and death upon animals:
Loving/caring/regarding someone having a moral value and inflicting unnecessary suffering and death upon animals for food is an oxymoron.
If you kill individuals that you love, you really need to rethink your concept of love.
There is no moral difference in killing an animal for fun, compared to killing an animal in order to derive pleasure from the taste of it.
We have no need at all for any animal products whatsoever, thus when someone is consuming them, this is done out of the lack of ‘necessity’. And I am sure you agree with the moral proposition that is unethical to hurt and kill animals despite the lack of necessity. Thus your acting according to the moral belief that you believe in.
If you are consuming animal products you are participating in exploiting and killing them. This is not ethical.
The reason why there is animal abuse at all is because of us regarding animals as property, which will remain as long as people insist to inflict unnecessary suffering and death upon animals for palatable pleasures or convenience. It is well known that animal products are unhealthy, and that a vegan diet is healthy: http://
And as long as you permit this and participate in this, you are apart of the animal abuse (and also guilty of the most horrendous parts of the abuse, which you enable by endorsing the property status of animals), instead of a part of the solution.
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