The meat paradox: how are we able to love animals and love eating animals?

Steve Loughnan, Boyka Bratanova, Elisa Puvia

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The relationship between people and animals is morally complex. This complexity stems from our ambivalent treatment of animals and is nowhere better captured than in the consumption of meat. Meat eating is morally problematic because it contrasts our desire to avoid hurting animals with our appetite for their flesh. This tension – to love animals and to love meat – is the essence of the meat paradox.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-18
Number of pages4
JournalIn Mind
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Dehumanization
  • Dementalization
  • Infrahumanization
  • Animals

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