The role of meat consumption in the denial of moral status and mind to meat animals

Loughnan, S, Haslam, N and Bastian, B (2010) The role of meat consumption in the denial of moral status and mind to meat animals. Appetite, 55 1: 156-159. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2010.05.043


Author Loughnan, S
Haslam, N
Bastian, B
Title The role of meat consumption in the denial of moral status and mind to meat animals
Journal name Appetite   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0195-6663
1095-8304
Publication date 2010-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2010.05.043
Volume 55
Issue 1
Start page 156
End page 159
Total pages 4
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract People enjoy eating meat but disapprove of harming animals. One resolution to this conflict is to withdraw moral concern from animals and deny their capacity to suffer. To test this possibility, we asked participants to eat dried beef or dried nuts and then indicate their moral concern for animals and judge the moral status and mental states of a cow. Eating meat reduced the perceived obligation to show moral concern for animals in general and the perceived moral status of the cow. It also indirectly reduced the ascription of mental states necessary to experience suffering. People may escape the conflict between enjoying meat and concern for animal welfare by perceiving animals as unworthy and unfeeling. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Keyword Meat
Animals
Mind attribution
Morality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under Short communications.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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