The discussion group last week was attended by two vegetarians and five non-vegetarians. No-one was able to advance a decent argument that eating meat is morally acceptable. This resulted in a lengthy discussion on how we all think eating meat is wrong but do it anyway. The explanations offered danced around a single word: selfishness. Our meat-eating is an example of bad self-interest, self-interest which harms others unnecessarily. A sad state of affairs indeed.
I offer one last opportunity for someone to advance a good argument in defence of eating meat, otherwise I will be forced to conclude that philosophers despite spending vast amounts of time talking about morality are actually no better, morally speaking, than anyone else.