CorruptUser wrote:Just out of curiosity, what is your opinion of, say, turkey vs chicken? That is, are they equally ethical, or is turkey farming more ethical because you kill fewer animals per pound of meat? And if turkey is more ethical, is beef more ethical in spite of cows being smarter than turkeys? How many turkeys are worth the life of one cow? And can we extend this to whales, where for every whale we kill we spare 200 cows?
I actually don't have an answer to all of these, though I do hold to the belief that turkey is more ethical than chicken.
Caught up in the ethical query regarding farming various animals for food is the impact on the environment. Chicken/Turkey farming has a much smaller impact on the environment, both in resources needed to raise the animal as well as things like methane emissions. Also, there is the health benefits/risks to humans who eat them. Chicken is healthier to eat on a regular basis.
I think chickens and turkeys are more ethical than cows, though only at the scale of the industries of today. At a scale of a single family, a cow can be much better for quality of life for the family and not impact the environment overly much.
In Chicken vs Turkey, I have no idea. I prefer to eat chicken. Turkey tastes meh to me.
Raising chickens for food vs dogs for fighting seems clear to me, however. For one thing, dogs have, to the best of our knowledge, much more intelligence and capacity for emotion. Cock fighting and Dog Fighting both, to me, are immoral because of the needless cruelty of it. Farming chickens vs farming dogs I lean in favor of chickens and against dogs, mostly because of the mental capacity. Though this line isn't sufficient in farming pigs vs farming dogs. I have no clear answer for that. Farming pigs may be immoral, though social convention allows me to eat pig but be unsettled by eating dog. Same with cows.
Still, I assert that dog fighting is a clear immorality. The line between farming an animal and breeding for fighting seems fairly thick to me.