Least Harm: A Defense of Vegetarianism from Steven Davis's Omnivorous Proposal

  title={Least Harm: A Defense of Vegetarianism from Steven Davis's Omnivorous Proposal},
  author={Gaverick Matheny},
  journal={Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics},
  • Gaverick Matheny
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
In his article, "Least Harm," Steven Davis argues that the number of animals killed in ruminant-pasture production is less than the number of animals killed in crop production. Davis then concludes the adoption of an omnivorous diet would cause less harm than the adoption of a vegetarian diet. Davis's argument fails on three counts: first, Davis makes a mathematical error in using total rather than per capita estimates of animals killed; second, he focuses on the number of animals killed in… Expand
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