There is an ongoing debate around morality of food habit. Of this debate I have only heard one side, the side of the moral vegans. Bentham, Singer and others propose veganism based on utilitarian principles. There is an abolisionist view as well. However, I have, personally, never seen any substantial philosophical rebuttal to the claims made by P Singer in his book Animal Liberation. Is there any good rebuttal/criticisms based on moral philosophy (rather than other arguments like health, economy etc) to the works of P Singer? Is there any good source to learn about this debate?

  • Wikipedia lists arguments against vegetarianism. For a more academic take see Mancilla's survey Veganism.
    – Conifold
    Sep 21, 2020 at 21:25
  • Why the downvote? Can someone tell me what the problem is with the question so that I can ask better question next time? Sep 22, 2020 at 10:49
  • Not sure, I upvoted. Judging by the close vote they did not think the question was on-topic.
    – Conifold
    Sep 22, 2020 at 17:44
  • @Conifold I see. But I don't understand: a question regarding an ethical debate is off-topic? I thought 'Ethics' was on-topic! Maybe moderators can tell me why the question is not good enough. I generally ask in Physics Stack Exchange and I am new to this community, so not sure yet what type of question people tolerate here. Sep 23, 2020 at 4:34
  • Don't read too much into it. The question refers to an existing academic debate, brings up specific names and asks for references, so it certainly fulfills formal criteria. But people often vote intuitively and moderators have no control over it, voting isn't policed. Perhaps they felt that "is there any good rebuttal at all" was too dismissive, or they thought that it was too broad because no concrete argument was singled out and it is easy enough to google up general information on pro and contra, or...
    – Conifold
    Sep 23, 2020 at 4:42


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