|Killing animals (e.g. for food) may be justified if the farming conditions are not detrimental to animal welfare and the killing is humanely performed.
Examples of statements typically made on the basis of this view:
“Modern animal production is problematic because there is a negative effect on animal welfare which is not counterbalanced by the human benefits.”
“Some animal research may be justified by its vital importance, as it may enable us to find cures for alleviate painful diseases.”
“It is sometimes better for stray cats to be euthanased, as they would otherwise live very poor lives. The remaining stray cat population may benefit as well, because there will be less competition for food.”