The unjustified-suffering argument for vegetarianism
In Raymond Aaron Younis (ed.), On the Ethical Life
. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 57-67 (2009
A major argument for vegetarianism is that eating animals causes unjustified suffering. While this argument has been articulated by several people, it has received surprisingly little attention. Here I restate it in a way that I believe is most convincing, considering and rejecting the two main justifications for causing suffering in order to eat animals. I compare it to some other prominent arguments for vegetarianism, and discuss a major objection to the argument which focuses on whether the animals would not exist if not bred to be eaten.