Willed Blindness: A Discussion of Our Moral Shortcomings in Relation to Animals

  • Mickey GjerrisEmail author


This article describes how we seem to live in a willed blindness towards the effects that our meat production and consumption have on animals, the environment and the climate. A willed blindness that cannot be explained by either lack of knowledge or scientific uncertainty. The blindness enables us to see ourselves as moral beings although our lack of reaction to the effects of our actions tells another story. The article describes the consequences of intensive meat production and consumption to animal welfare and environmental degradation and discusses different strategies to overcome the willed blindness focusing on the development of either a new moral vision of our obligations or new visions of what a good life is.


Animal production Animal welfare Climate change The good life Willed blindness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Food and Ressource EconomicsUniversity of CopenhagenFrederiksberg CDenmark

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