Shall we eat animals?

Eating animals - can we do that?

Whether from industrial farming or from an organic farm - meat is controversial. There are many arguments in favor of reducing meat consumption: animal welfare, the environment and climate as well as your own health. But do we live up to our ethical responsibilities by eating a little less or 'better' meat? Animals like cattle, chickens or fish are sentient beings that we must not cause harm to without good reason. If you share this conviction, then, argues Friederike Schmitz, you must therefore reject the usual forms of livestock husbandry - including organic farming. Instead of moderate changes, we therefore need a comprehensive agricultural and food turnaround. Only in a second step does Schmitz discuss the theoretical question of whether we should be allowed to kill and eat animals if they had a 'good life'. From various ethical perspectives, the author argues for consistent veganism and defends it against the most important objections.
"What a clever book! When Friederike Schmitz recommends checking the judgments of the mind on the basis of feelings, she challenges not only our brains, but also our hearts."(Karen Duve, writer, author of "Decent Eating")
"The book is very understandable, clear and informative, at the same time it is multi-layered and differentiated in the argumentation. It offers a very good introduction for everyone who is looking for a well-founded and clearly positioned approach to the ethical debate about meat consumption and livestock husbandry."(Anne Burkard, professor at the Philosophical Seminar of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, where she conducts research in the field of philosophy didactics and questions of ethics)
"Friederike Schmitz provides a knowledgeable and clear introduction to animal ethics. She convincingly shows that different philosophical paths lead to the same astonishing conclusion: Those who eat animals do not take their own moral convictions and feelings seriously enough."(Bernd Ladwig, Professor of Political Theory and Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin, author of "Political Philosophy of Animal Rights")