If You Disagree With The Philosophy Of Veganism, You Need To Reconsider Your Morality & Understanding of Core Ethical Values
Veganism is one of the hottest topics among philosopher and rational thinkers in recent times and majority of them agree with the moral and ethical values associated with this philosophy in terms of minimizing suffering and violence. But for normal thinking men and women this philosophy still looks absurd and outside of their general scope of thought.
First lets look at the basic definitions of Ethics and Morality that we see on the internet or in general books on Moral Philosophy.
Ethics: Ethics or moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.
Morality: Morality is the differentiation of intentions, decisions and actions between those that are distinguished as proper and those that are improper. Morality can be a body of standards or principles derived from a code of conduct from a particular philosophy, religion or culture, or it can derive from a standard that a person believes should be universal.
So basically morality is subjective from person to person while ethical values are not. As per ethics, something is either right or wrong but there can be exceptions depending on the situations.
So lets talk about the arguments that people bring up against veganism and why those arguments do not hold much value on the grounds of ethics and morality.
Argument # 1: Its My Personal Choice To Eat Animal Flesh Or Consume By-Products Obtained From Animals
Its not a personal choice to do any action or adopt a certain lifestyle when there is an innocent victim involved. What if serial killers in history argued that it was their personal choice to kill other humans, would that have been acceptable? certainly not. While choosing a certain lifestyle or doing a certain action may be morally subjective for an individual but subjective morality is always open to criticism and can also be improved upon in light of core ethical values.
Argument # 2 : God Has Sent These Animals For Us To Eat
I have recently written an article on why the concept of god or the intelligent creator is a very nonsensical and stupid concept which you can check here . Also, if you think your god has sent these animals for you to kill and eat then the only conclusion is that your god is a sadist who wants suffering at the hands of its followers.
Argument # 3 : Plants Feel Pain Too
First of all if you really think plants have the capacity to feel pain and suffer then i recommend you open a 7th grade biology book and try to understand how basic biology works. Moreover, all animals including us humans have nociceptors. Here is the basic definition of Nociceptor.
“ A nociceptor is a sensory neuron that responds to damaging or potentially damaging stimuli by sending “possible threat” signals to the spinal cord and the brain. If the brain perceives the threat as credible, it creates the sensation of pain to direct attention to the body part, so the threat can hopefully be mitigated; this process is called nociception. ”
Plants lack the nervous system which is vital for nociception.
Argument # 4 : Animals Are Less Intelligent
Intelligence has nothing to do with how much pain a sentient being feels or how much it can suffer. Pain and suffering is linked with the brain and nervous system irrespective of how much intelligent the animal is. Also, being less intelligent doesn't mean they should be exploited for human greed.
Argument # 5 : We Cant Get Essential Nutrients From Plant Based Products
This is incorrect with the exception of vitamin B12 which is very easily supplemented these days with B12 fortified foods. Plant based diet can be healthy if properly planned and if junk food is avoided. Moreover, meat,dairy and eggs are not even healthy options and are linked with rising cholesterol levels and heart diseases among others.
Argument # 6 : What About Lions and Other Predatory Animals
Majority of the predatory animals including lions are pure carnivores with some of them being omnivores. Also, these predatory animals do not have the mental capacity to judge right from wrong on ethical grounds. We cant take lions or nature in general as an excuse for our own unethical actions. Nature is very cruel and unforgiving. Although, humans and other animals share many of the same biological traits but its our ability to differentiate between right and wrong on ethical grounds which makes us more responsible for our actions and also being subject to criticism.
So it is wrong to exploit and kill animals for human greed on ethical grounds? Absolutely.
Is it right to exploit and kill animals for human greed based on the subjective morality of an individual or a group of people? Absolutely Not.