Business Ethics Highlights

chickOver the next few years, most egg producers in the US will end the practice of culling (i.e., killing) male chicks. Different people will look at this very differently. Some (those who see animals as having significant moral worth) will see it as a matter of industry finally getting around to doing what’s ethically right. Others may see it as a matter of Corporate Social Responsibility?not an outright obligation, but a “socially good” thing, given how many people in society are at least uncomfortable with current, ugly, practice. Others will see it as pure PR. The difference will depend not just on substantive differences in opinion about the moral status of animals, but also on differences regarding the proper extent of terms like “CSR.” (But note that the 3 options outlined here are not mutually exclusive: it could be ethically required even if we think the industry is doing it…

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