What if humans treat and slaughter the animals humanely?
Regardless of how well the animals are treated, I believe that it is wrong, even in principle, to kill animals for food when it is not necessary for our survival.
As an analogy, if O.J. Simpson had acknowledged killing his wife, but claimed that it was OK because he slaughtered her humanely, this would not be a valid defense.
Nevertheless, if farm animals were treated and slaughtered "humanely", then this would be a significant improvement to the current situation.
Follow up questions:
Isn't it unfair and insulting to compare the murder of a human being with the slaughter of animals?
What about eating road kill?
How common is cannibalism in the animal kingdom?
What about situations where humans need to eat meat to survive?
If everyone becomes a vegetarian, then what will we do with all the farm animals?
Isn't hunting by humans necessary to prevent deer overpopulation?
How are farm animals currently treated?
Aren't animals also killed during the harvesting of crops and the construction of roads?
If we didn't raise animals for food, then they would never have had the chance to be born and experience life at all.
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