Questions tagged [ethics]

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Are there any farms that sell "cruelty-free" eggs (i.e. that don't slaughter older hens)?

Eggs maybe considered vegetarian by many since most eggs are unfertilized and do not result in the death of any animals. However, egg farms are usually not cruelty-free since when hens get too old to ...
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If vegans don't drink milk, why are they okay with breastfeeding?

Why is it that some vegans don't use dairy products, but still breast-feed their babies? Isn't this same idea of a mother cow breastfeeding their babies? Is it about animal cruelty, animal product (...
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Is the use of pesticides considered vegan?

While sometimes considered indispensable for crops protection, pesticides are basically weapons of mass destruction aimed at insects and other animals that eat crops. Can food produced with the aid of ...
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Do bivalves such as oysters feel pain or fear?

In moral arguments for veganism, the pain, stress, and fear experienced by animals is often given as an argument. I have read some arguments that vegetarians should be OK with eating oysters and ...
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Would vegetarians eat an animal that died of natural causes?

Why would a vegetarian refuse to eat an animal that dies of a natural death (such as Kapelin, the suicide fish that throws itself upon the bays of Newfoundland two weeks of a given month of a given ...
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Plants show intelligent behaviour, is this sufficient for moral consideration?

Recent research has revealed that plants are able to communicate, learn, and respond to harm. It has been argued that these behaviours constitute basic intelligence. Robert A. Freitas Jr. has ...
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Which pets could be kept by someone who chooses to be vegan for environmental reasons?

Let's assume that someone is not concerned with animal welfare or rights of their pet, and is vegan for purely environmental reasons. The issue is that buying food for carnivorous animals is ...
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How to avoid being part of the slaughter of cockerels on the free-range egg farms?

Most of the eggs that are consumed are infertile. However would eating eggs from certain farms would increase kills of the male chickens (cockerels)? By killing, I mean brutally slaughtered by the use ...
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Is there an ethical alternative to mulesing? (Removal of wool-bearing skin from the breech of a sheep)

Mulesing is the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breech (buttocks) of a sheep to prevent flystrike (myiasis). The wool around the buttocks can retain feces and urine, which ...