Monday, December 11, 2017

Is it just to kill animals for meat?



I am most fortunate to be continuing to examine life. Here is a partial transcript of a recent dialogue in which we examined our treatment of animals. To my shame, this is something I never analyzed back in Athens.
-- Socrates

SOCRATES: Would a just person cause unnecessary pain?


MARY: No, of course not.


SOCRATES: As you are wise and knowledgeable, can you please tell me, is it true that people can live long healthy lives without eating meat?


MARY: Yes, this is true.


SOCRATES: Must it not follow that eating meat is unnecessary in terms of helping people live long and healthy lives?


MARY: Yes, that follows, Socrates.


SOCRATES: Can we therefore agree that if eating meat is unnecessary in terms of helping people live long and healthy lives, then killing animals for meat is unnecessary.


MARY: That is a reasonable conclusion.


SOCRATES: Now tell me, is it not true that killing animals causes them pain?


MARY: It seems to be true.


SOCRATES: Then it must follow that killing animals causes them unnecessary pain.


MARY: Yes.


SOCRATES: But we have agreed that a just person does not cause unnecessary pain, so it must follow that killing animals for meat is unjust.


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