Consistent Vegetarianism and the Suffering of Wild Animals - Journal of Practical Ethics

A revised version of the essay I wrote for the Uehiro Prize has been published in the Journal of Practical Ethics.


Ethical consequentialist vegetarians believe that farmed animals have lives that are worse than non-existence. In this paper, I sketch out an argument that wild animals have worse lives than farmed animals, and that consistent vegetarians should therefore reduce the number of wild animals as a top priority. I consider objections to the argument, and discuss which courses of action are open to those who accept the argument.
Written on May 25, 2017