ABSTRACT

My aim in this chapter is to argue that even if someone manages to address the production/consumption gap, the rights view doesn’t require a strict vegan diet. Instead, it permits—and perhaps requires—eating unusually, just like utilitarianism. In particular, I argue that the rights view is compatible with auxiliary hypotheses that would make high welfare family farming permissible, as well as some hunting. I also argue that the rights view permits, and probably requires, eating roadkill and leftovers, bivalves, and insects. Moreover, standard ways out of these problems—such as consistency in the way we treat corpses, as well as the doctrine of double of effect—aren’t successful.