The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Chapter 17 Summary

Michael Pollan

Chapter 17 Summary

In “The Ethics of Eating Animals,” Pollan considers the moral act that he is about to engage in as part of his exploration of the personal food chain. While eating a rib-eye steak, Pollan reads Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation, which calls for people to stop eating meat. Pollan opens the chapter prepared to consider that Singer has a strong argument and that

eating meat has become morally problematic, at least for people who take the trouble to think about it.

People often set humans aside from the rest of the animal kingdom because of their intelligence. However, Singer would point out that chimpanzees are often more intelligent than a variety of humans,...

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