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In Defence of the Vegan Project

Lookup NU author(s): Mx Jan Deckers



The vegan project is defined as the project that strives for radical legal reform to pass laws that would reserve the consumption of animal products to a very narrow range of situations, resulting in vegan diets being the default diets for the majority of human beings. Two objections that have been raised against such a project are described. The first is that such a project would jeopardise the nutritional adequacy of human diets. The second is that it would alienate human beings from nature. It is argued that neither undermines the vegan project.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Deckers J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Year: 2013

Volume: 10

Issue: 2

Pages: 187-195

Print publication date: 01/06/2013

Online publication date: 21/03/2013

Date deposited: 15/02/2018

ISSN (print): 1176-7529

ISSN (electronic): 1872-4353

Publisher: Springer


DOI: 10.1007/s11673-013-9428-9

Notes: This article is an expanded version of a paper presented at the Newcastle Animal Ethics and Sustainable Food Policy conference (held at Newcastle University on December 2, 2011), which addressed the following question: “How should the U.K. Government regulate the consumption of animal products?” Presentations of the conference were recorded and can be downloaded, together with their PowerPoint slides, from


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