The other stance is why eating meat is wrong, given the cramped and filthy conditions that animals face in factory farms.
Plant further explained that those who live by the second belief are morally in an interesting position if they stumble across others who eat meat drowning in a pool or pond and that letting them die is not the worst.
“I argue that, if meat eating is wrong on animal suffering grounds then once we consider how much suffering might occur, it starts to seem plausible that saving strangers would be the greater evil than not rescuing them and is, therefore, not required after all,” Plant explained in the Journal of Controversial Ideas.
Plant also acknowledged that some people might argue that it’s justifiable to save a meat eater’s life if they successfully become vegetarian at the time of their rescue.
Elsewhere, Plant concluded his ideology by sharing that there is a “deep and underappreciated tension” between the views of saving people’s lives and not consuming food from factory farms.
“If we have those animal welfare concerns, then when we account for them, it reduces and may remove, the obligation to rescue others. I consider this surprising and disturbing,” he said.
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