The majority of animal agriculture in the United States is slavery.
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Is Animal Farming Slavery?
Full resolution: The majority of animal agriculture in the United States is slavery.
Animal agriculture is the rearing of animals for food consumption.
The burden of proof is shared:
Pro: The majority of Animal Farming in the US is slavery.
Con: The majority of Animal Farming in the US is not slavery.
Slavery: the state of being owned by another person.
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- Our framework is set by the description of the debate where all terms are defined and accepted.
- Slavery is the state of being owned by another person.
- Animal agriculture is the rearing of animals for resources/food consumption.
- The majority is truistically greater than 50%.
- Premise one is definitional, with all terms being found in the description of our debate. Premise two, subsequently, is truistic. In animal agriculture, animals are owned as the property of their rearers. Observing domains such as animal husbandry, animals are exploited, and geared toward the production of certain resources. Given that "99 percent of animals in the US are raised on factory farms;" a system of farming in which a lot of animals are kept in a small closed area, in order to produce a large amount of meat, eggs, or milk as cheaply as possible, it goes without question that the majority, if not the entirety of animal agricultural processes categorically conform to the exploitation of animals, using them as resources for profit, taking them as profit, thus culminating in a description of slavery.
- My conclusion follows via the modus ponens rule of inference. Animal agriculture is the enslavement of sentient creatures, turning them into resources for human consumption.
- This syllogism effectively proposes that there must be an ethically relevant distinction between farm animals and humans that delineates the respective justifications for our societal actions towards them. It rests on two propositions:
- There are commonly many proposed distinctions, however, none of them are ethically relevant, and thus none of them showcase a justification for P2.
- a. Intelligence
- It would be untenable to suggest that a human of low intelligence, such as children, and those disabled (ex. severe down syndrome and other deformities) can be farmed, enslaved, and eaten by other human beings.
- a.b. Rationality
- The same case follows for rationality. It would be absurd to suggest that it would be ethically permissible for disabled humans, or young children, who are not rational, to be raised in factory farms to be enslaved and consumed.
- b. Species
- If there were a species that was sentiently identical to humans, it would be absurd to suggest they can be farmed, enslaved, and ultimately consumed by virtue of being non-human just as it would be to suggest the same if a population of humans over time evolved into a different species, but maintained the overwhelming majority of the same attributes.
- c. Citizenship
- It would be untenable to suggest we can farm, enslave, and consume non-citizens such as various immigrants.
- d. Consciousness
- Farm animals are conscious, (awake and aware of [their] surroundings) and it would be untenable to say we can consume anyone who is unconscious.
- e. Sentience
- Farm animals are sentient (able to perceive or feel things).
- My round-one arguments establish certain propositions. For one, animal agriculture is slavery, irrefutably, within the parameters of our deliberation. Animals are in a state of being owned by another person and thus enslaved.
- Secondly, I demonstrate that there is nothing true of animals, that if true of humans would categorically preclude slavery. Thus, animal farming must logically be slavery if doing the same to humans is slavery, so long as there is no ethically relevant distinction between the two.
- Conclusively, my first argument demonstrates the resolution to be a certainty. My second argument demonstrates the resolution to be a certainty.