3. I have nothing against eating animals per se, even live ones, but I think it is immoral to eat animals raised under awful conditions, such as factory farming. Personally, I often try to be good but I often fail as well. I never feel bad eating meat in Europe, and animal welfare is the best argument for European farm subsidies. I will pay more for humanely-raised food, but I won't drive through ten minutes of extra traffic to get it.I have a lot of sympathy for this position and wouldn’t rule out adopting it myself in the future. Practically, it probably differs very little from my current position; I really should be a vegan. I also think Cowen’s response shows the flaw of taking this approach; it’s too difficult to be disciplined. He is quite unconcerned about his lapses and laziness (on this issue at least) even though he’s declared eating animals reared in awful conditions immoral.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Cowen on animals
Tyler Cowen has been taking requests, so I asked him about vegetarianism/animal rights. He didn't answer my question specifically but it may have prodded him to answer a similar question. Here is the post. This is the relevant bit: