Consuming Animal Creatures: The Christian Ethics of Eating Animals
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractThis article argues that Christians have strong faith-based reasons to avoid consuming animal products derived from animals that have not been allowed to flourish as fellow creatures of God, and that Christians should avoid participating in systems that disallow such flourishing. It considers and refutes objections to addressing this as an issue of Christian ethics, before drawing on a developed theological understanding of animal life in to argue that the flourishing of fellow animal creatures is of ethical concern for Christians. Since the vast majority of animal products currently available for purchase are derived from farmed animals reared in modern intensive modes that fail to allow for their flourishing, and this practice is harmful for humans and the environment as well as farmed animals, the article argues that Christians should avoid consuming these products.
CitationClough, D. L. (2017). Consuming animal creatures: The Christian ethics of eating animals. Studies in Christian Ethics, 30(1). DOI: 10.1177/0953946816674147
JournalStudies in Christian Ethics
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