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Should I Be an Ethical Vegetarian?


It is immoral to eat meat.

Q1 Analysis

This may be a Q1 violation if you make exceptions (such as eating meat on "special occasions") or you do not consider certain kinds of living things (such as fish) to be "meat" for these purposes.

Q2 Analysis

If your reason for believing eating meat to be immoral is that you think it is disrespectful of life, and you have a rigorous definition of "respect for life," then this is not a Q2 violation.

If your reason is that the amount of harm in the world should be minimized, then you need to carefully define "harm." For example, can animals be eaten if they are treated well during their lives and are killed painlessly?

If your reason is based on eating animals being unnatural for humans or bad for the environment, then you may have Q2 problems if your evidence is not rigorous or is open to interpretation.


There are many questions that must be considered if one is a vegetarian for ethical reasons. For example, would you say it is immoral to:

Depending on your reasons for vegetarianism, you may also need to consider the morality of other topics such as:

It’s good to consider whether your reasons for a certain belief should be compelling to people who may not share your assumptions. This may (for social reasons) be particularly important if you conclude that it is immoral not to be vegetarian.

This post is based on an excerpt from Ask Yourself to be Moral, by D. Cancilla, available at LuLu.com and Amazon.com. See the 2Q system page for details of the philosophical system mentioned in this post.

Posted on April 23, 2010 at 10:04 am by ideclare · Permalink
In: 2Q

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  1. Written by THLM
    on April 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm
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    You made some really good points. I don’t think it’s immoral not to be a vegetarian. Choosing to be a vegetarian, or any other choices that you make, should be for the purpose of self-improvement and to improve or help other people around you and to help the environment. We all should do the best that we can to help the planet. http://www.thehotlovemovement.com

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