A free-to-access publication confronting human supremacy in defence of the Earth
The Ecological Citizen Vol 6 No 1 2023: 60–5 [epub-082]
This paper discusses and rejects the anthropocentric claim, proposed by Zangwill (2021), that we have a moral duty to eat meat. It argues that Zangwill ignores both the extensive ecological damage caused by animal agriculture, and the cruelty and suffering that it entails. Using a framework proposed in Marino and Mountain (2021), it then diagnoses Zangwill's argument as proceeding from a broader cultural phenomenon: the human attempt to cope with our existential dread of death, by denying our mammalian nature and depersonalizing other, non-human, animals. Once we reject this human exceptionalism, we will see that our moral duty is not to eat animals but to respect the intrinsic value of their lives.