I'm cross-posting the response I left on his post:
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Re: How do people defend eating meat?
Over on his blog, Chris Blattman, a popular blogger and an economist who I deeply respect at the organization where I work, endorses the now commonplace view that we should eat animals, but we should treat them nicely before we do so. He argues that the marginal cost of a little meat is not that high. Given that people reason morally using taboos and the near nonexistence of humane meat (particularly chicken, which inflicts far more misery per serving than beef), I disagree. (This is yet more anecdotal evidence that now that the animal rights movement has gotten animal welfare on the table, the next step is to show that humane meat is a sham.)