I Danmark spiser vi dyr - Et moralfilosofisk argument for at spise mindre kød

Amalie Pauline Dreves Behrend & Nikoline Skaarup

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


In this project, we critically examine the arguments which have been laid out in the
debate about the livestock impact on climate changes and animal welfare and discuss
whether we, in Denmark, can justify eating the amount of meat we eat today. The
tendency amongst Danish consumers points towards more and more people choosing to
cut back on the amount of meat in their daily meals, but the percentage of vegetarians
and vegans in Denmark is still rather low. Many feel that they are in their right to
consume meat in the quantity they see fit. According to our analysis, the arguments for
eating large amounts of meat can be challenged and debunked for a range of different
reasons. Hence we conclude that the only logical and moral action is for the individual
to lower the amount of meat he or she consumes. Eating less meat will have a positive
effect on the climate as well as animal welfare, but certain psychological barriers and a
differences in values can prevent people from ‘doing the right thing’. Furthermore, in a
cultural frame, we have made the debate on climate and animal welfare one which
revolves around identity rather than the end goal that most of us can agree on: The
improvement of the current climate situation and the conditions for livestock. The
debate needs to be refocused, if we are to improve the circumstances, which requires
compromises to be made on both sides in the debate.

UddannelserFilosofi og Videnskabsteori, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2019
Antal sider78
VejledereThomas Søbirk Petersen


  • Filosofi
  • Etik
  • Moral
  • Kød
  • Fødevarer
  • Landbrug
  • Vegetarisme
  • Dyrevelfærd
  • Klima
  • Argumentation
  • Atispecisme
  • Økologi
  • Antropocentrisme
  • Dybdeøkologi
  • Utilitarisme
  • Veganisme