Americans are among the most carnivorous of nations, consuming a diet heavy in meat. Most agricultural animals in the USA are raised on "factory farms" and then sent to slaughter under inhumane conditions. In light of the suffering of farm animals and the environmental degradation caused by meat production (see http://newstandardnews.net/content/index.cfm/items/3956 and http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html), should all people of good will abstain from eating (a) all meat and animal products, or (b) meat from factory farms? How do Utilitarians reason regarding issues of animal rights? How do you reason regarding animal rights or welfare, and why?
First of all there are many words used in the description of the assignment that are debatable and leading. If one is going to make the case that Americans are among the most carnivorous of nations it should be made clear whether that is per capita or as a nation as a whole. Since we are among the top five most populous nation