After a discussion with my brother as to why I still eat (free-range) meat, I came up with the following. Criticism and arguments welcome in the comments please!
- The most important thing in any life is to be free from pain
- The next most important thing in any life is to have your desires satisfied
- There is no life after death, for man, animals, plants, rocks or anything else
- All things die.
- As we must die, a death which the individual does not forsee and is free from pain is the best death. (From 1 & 2 3.)
- A life which is free from pain, involves the satisfaction of necessary desires and ends according to 5 is called humane. (From 1 & 2 & 3 & 5)
- The length of the life does not matter, as long as it fulfils all conditions of 6.
- If an animal or human is raised and dies in a humane condition, it is the best life. (From 7)
- Animals’ desires are simple and satisfiable.
- All things considered, animals desires in the wild are satisfied less and they suffer more pain than animals’ lives in humane captivity.
- Free range farming and the use of a regulated abattoir is more humane than a life in the wild.
- For an animal, a life on a free-range farm ended sharply in a professional abattoir is the best life.