If you accept that animals have rights, raising and killing animals for food is morally wrong. An animal raised for food is being used by others rather than being respected for itself. In philosopher's terms it is being treated as a means to human ends and not as an end in itself.
Is eating meat cruel to animals?
The meat industry is by far the biggest killer of animals around the world. It's also responsible for relentless, routine cruelty to pigs, sheep, cows, chickens, ducks, geese, and other animals on farms, who suffer for every minute of their short lives.
Can we justify killing animals for food?
"Animals have moral status, and animal suffering matters because it's a harm to something that counts morally. Killing an animal harms the animal. We're actively doing something that deprives it of future life.
What is an ethical way to kill animals for food?
The most humane methods are those which cause a rapid loss of blood so that death is brought about as quickly as possible. These include ventral neck cuts (for poultry, sheep and goats) and chest sticking (for cattle, sheep, goats and pigs).
Is there an ethical way to eat meat?
To eat meat more ethically, the advice is two-fold: eat less (about 50% less, if you can) and choose better quality meat.