For this writing prompt, you will prepare an essay. In general, the prompt requ

For this writing prompt, you will prepare an essay. In general, the prompt requires a 2–3-page essay (typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, 1-inch margins) to answer effectively.
The best essays will be detailed and thorough (answering all parts of each question), as well as clearly and cleanly presented (i.e., well-written, spell-checked, etc.). You do not need to provide a separate bibliography if you make it clear in your in-text citations where the material in question was taken from, e.g.: (Leopold, p. 130).
You will submit your assignments through the Canvas site in the “Assignments” sidebar link or through the relevant Module listing. Just a reminder: do your own work and make sure to cite any lines of text that are taken from another source! Turnitin—the plagiarism checking software—will catch you.
In The Ethics of What We Eat, Singer and Mason discuss the “conscientious omnivore” and the “best defense” for eating meat (an argument attributed to writers such as Michael Pollan). Briefly describe the main points of this argument and why it is claimed by some to be an ethically more acceptable case for animal agriculture. In your view, does the model of the conscientious omnivore demonstrate respect for the lives of farm animals and the environment [refer specifically to at least two parts in a lecture from the animal agriculture module]? Why/why not? Then, reiterate a strong animal rights position (i.e., like Tom Regan’s) and decide if the “best defense” would satisfy such a view. Why/why not? Lastly, briefly reflect on the extent to which you found yourself persuaded by either the animal welfare or animal rights positions covered in this class or if you were at all (no wrong answers to this last part here).
“best defense”/conscientious omnivorism: Comprehensive response that correctly defines conscientious omnivorism as “best defense” for meat consumption. Discusses at least 2 ways in which conscientious omnivorism is ethically superior to factory farming (e.g., more humane, more healthy, more environmentally sustainable, less polluting, less chemically dependent).
Demonstrates Respect?: Takes a position and discusses ways in which conscientious omnivorism can either be interpreted as respectful of animals and the environment or how it is deficient. Uses 2 examples from lecture (e.g. treatment of specific animals, pollution costs, transportation costs, difference in chemical dependence, etc).
Tom Regan and Animal Rights: Correctly conveys Regan’s Animal Rights perspective and discuss how he would still disapprove of conscientious omnivorism (e.g. by arguing for the cessation of animal agriculture all together [no cages, not bigger cages]).
Captures grammar, organization, proper use of citations, and grader’s discretion.

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