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Bugging the strict vegan

By B. Fischer

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Entomophagy-eating insects-is getting a lot of attention these days. However, strict vegans are often uncomfortable with entomophagy based on some version of the precautionary principle: if you aren't sure that a being isn't sentient, then you should treat it as though it is. But not only do precautionary principle-based arguments against entomophagy fail, they seem to support the opposite conclusion: strict vegans ought to eat bugs.

Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 29
Issue 2
Pages 255-263
ISBN/ISSN 0893-4282
Language English
Author Address Department of Philosophy, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA.fischer@txstate.edu
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  1. Animals
  2. Arthropods
  3. Diets
  4. Humans
  5. Insects
  6. Invertebrates
  7. Mammals
  8. Men
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Primates
  11. Vegetarianism and veganism
  12. vertebrates
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