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Conscientious Meat Eater
Transcript of Conscientious Meat Eater
Studied philosophy and ethics in Athens, Georgia
Graduated from UGA
Is currently a law student at the University of Michigan Born March 21, 1982 in Tucson, Arizona
Artist, writer, and activist currently living in Oakland, California
Has appeared on NPR’s All Things Considered, Georgia Public Television’s State of the Arts, and numerous other radio programs
The Right Not to Work: Disability and Capitalism , Military Waste In Our Drinking Water (nominated for a Project Censored Award 2007), Should We Eat Meat?, and Beasts of Burden: Animals and Disability Thesis and Audience However, if one really examines the issues and thinks beyond their taste buds, it has to be agreed that animal products are dangerous for the planet and always cause unnecessary suffering. Meat Eaters of America Purpose The authors argues against meat ending, even in a conscientious way. Reasons: This article serves the interest of the population of America
Third-world countries stand to gain from enacting the measures in this article. Contexts: Political- The United Nations is raising awareness about the animal industry's devastating effects. Social-The mistreatment of animals is looked down upon in the social realm. Historical- Historically, we are a nation meat eaters. Cultural- Meat is a staple in every American home. Holidays, weddings, reunions, and celebrations are surrounded by the dish of meat. Is the evidence convincing? The authors do an excellent job at playing on our emotions through guilt.
The authors use so many statistics that it is nearly impossible to deny the credibility of her arguments.
The authors go from saying we are the same as animals to saying we are more evolved than animals. Ethos, Pathos
and Logos!!!! Ethos Pathos Logos The word ethics is used 11 times in this article
The entire article is based on ethics
It is unethical to be a meat eater
This is because eating meat causes unnecessary suffering. She gives examples of how the animals are mistreated, making us feel empathy for the animal
She explains how we could feed starving children in third world countries by becoming vegan "In a wold where a child starves of death every two seconds(P. 2)"
"Many studies show that negative effects of soy are funded by the meat industry (P. 8)"
"Nutritionists agree that the consumption of animal products is not necessary to our health (P.11)"
"Rutgers Univ. Professor Gary Francione calls this a "moral schizophrenia (P. 11)" Assumptions Authors Persona In this essay, the authors rely on both hard evidence and ethical appeal to persuade the reader. As I read this essay, I feel as if they are above meat eating, as if to say "how can you call yourself human and eat meat at the same time?" Do we agree or disagree with the author? Dan Wade Spell: Joseph Dover Bishop: I once was a vegetarian and I loved it, but vegetarianism and veganism are not for everyone. Living this lifestyle incorrectly could leave you in a state of malnutrition and even land you in the hospital. The citizens of third world countries most certainly could not become vegan on account of the lack of nuts and legumes that substitute the protein that comes from meat. Thus, I do not agree with the reasoning of the author. I would love to see the suffering of animals diminish, but I see no justifiable solution to the touchy subject. Eating meat causes suffering to animals
"Happy Meat" is too high priced for normal consumers
Raising animals based on an ethical foundation cannot produce on a large scale
The food fed to animals could be used to feed starving humans
The rain forest is being cut down in order to grow the soy used to feed farm animals
Raising farm animals produces methane pollution The authors assume the stop of third world countries selling wheat to first world countries will not effect third world countries economies
The authors assume everyone will be able to convert to veganism I disagree with the author. She asks us to take on two very different viewpoints on animals, one where we are equal to animals and one where we are more evolved than animals. She uses each of them when it suits her argument, but we can not be expected to take on both roles. I believe the second viewpoint where we are more evolved than animals. I believe animals are on Earth for our consumption. In the process of bringing meat to the table, I'm alright with the "suffering" of animals that is mentioned in this article, as long as it there is not downright mistreatment of animals. Organization First Paragraphs: Introduces topic effectively, but does not give the purpose of the essay.
Body: Very choppy, jumping from one idea to the next without transition
Last Paragraphs: Concludes the paper effectively, but does not give a strong call to action Argument type: Evaluation
The author explains the pitfalls of eating meat
Humor: Paragraph 5, page 201