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Beyonde Viande: The Ethics of Faux Flesh, Fake Fur and Thriftshop Leather

Susan M. Turner
2005 Between the Species An Online Journal for the Study of Philosophy and Animals  
Moral debate over vegetarianism forms the backdrop to a preliminary consideration of the questions: Is it ethical to produce, sell and eat faux meat? Is it ethical to produce, sell and wear fake animal skin? Is it ethical to sell or wear secondhand or thriftshop genuine animal skin? If vegetarianism is morally required, the question of just what uses of nonhuman animals are ethical or unethical and on what grounds is always on tap. In this piece, I examine the above questions in light of
more » ... in light of deontological then utilitarian reasons for vegetarianism. I conclude deontological or animal rights grounds entail the moral condemnation of faux meat and fake and secondhand animal skin. I conclude utilitarian or animal welfare grounds entail, with some qualification, the moral acceptability of faux meat and fake animal skin but the clear moral unacceptability of secondhand animal skin. "'Without courts of law, men would devour each other.'" -quoted by Pufendorf in On the Duty of Man and Citizen, Book II Chapter 5 Between the Species V August 2005
doi:10.15368/bts.2005v13n5.6 fatcat:xclfe7dcprfdffbcw35y6eaw7y