In the vegetarian vs. meat-eating debate, there's no one-way-or-the highway position

My recent column on vegetarianism touched a vein (oops) among many readers. Most who responded to the column focused on the obvious selfishness and immorality of causing suffering and death to a sentient being just so we can have a burger for lunch when a salad would be both morally and nutritionally preferable.

To these readers, I say again that I believe they tread the higher road, but it's not the only path. For many people, a burger is preferable and such folks are clearly not moral monsters.

When it comes to ethics, we must rely upon commonly accepted moral intuitions to make our arguments. For example, some people still believe in owning slaves, but the common human...