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Conflicted meat-eaters deny that meat-animals have the capacity to suffer
[University of Kent]
A new study from the University of Kent has provided direct evidence that people who wish to escape the �meat paradox� i.e. simultaneously disliking hurting animals and enjoying eating meat, may do so by denying that the animal they ate had the capacity to suffer.
By engaging in denial, those participating in the study also reported a reduced range of animals to which they felt obligated to show moral concern. These ranged from dogs and chimps to snails and fish.
The study, the results of which are published in the August issue
of Appetite, was conducted by Dr Steve Loughnan, Research Associate
at the University�s School of Psychology, and colleagues in