A Limited Defense of Factory Farming
The Ethics and Politics of Consuming Intensively Raised Animals
By Jonathan Ashbach
This article appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of The Independent Review.
Factory farming has been roundly criticized in the ethical literature, and has received virtually no defense. This essay uses an intuitivist, utilitarian, and ratiocentric philosophical position to provide a reasonable middle ground between twin evils: immoral non-consideration of animal interests on one hand and immoral over-consideration of those interests to the detriment of human ones on the other.