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Peter Singer’s Guide to Flexible Veganism and Effective Altruism on Uncommon Sense

Is it right to eat meat? Should we give to charity? World renowned philosopher and bioethicist Peter Singer joins Uncommon Sense to discuss these issues in detail. Peter is a utilitarian, which means he believes that whether something is right or wrong depends on the consequences. Utilitarians focus particularly on the consequences relating to wellbeing. He says that this also applies to animals and the pain and suffering of an animal shouldn’t be treated any differently to that of a human. He first came across this idea and became a vegetarian in the ’70s and has since become a flexible vegan. This means that it is best avoid animal products where you can but to be flexible when it is difficult to do so, as the consequences are not great. Looking at the consequences is also important when picking a charity, as most people give money without investigating the effectiveness of the cause. Peter says that effective altruism or doing the most good in the most effective way can help us to make the biggest impact both the wellbeing of others and ourselves.

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Listen to Peter Singer’s Guide to Flexible Veganism and Effective Altruism on Uncommon Sense46:587 May 2019