Lecture 17 - against animal experiments

Lecture 17 - against animal experiments - Anti-Animal...

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Anti-Animal Experimentation 1 Animal Experimentation Peter Singer’s “All Animals are Equal” I. Prelims A. All animals are equal 1. It doesn’t mean that human and nonhuman animals are equal in terms of abilities 2. And it doesn’t mean that all of the rights that human persons have should also be accorded to nonhuman animals 3. It does mean the interests of all animals (human and nonhuman) are to be considered equally; the interests of humans are not more important than the interests of nonhumans B. For Singer, nonhuman animals do have interests 1. A thing has interests if and only if something can be done to it that can affect it’s well-being either positively or negatively II. Singer’s View on Animal Experimentation A. The widespread practice of experimenting on nonhuman animals (for whatever purpose—commercial or even medical), which causes millions of animals to suffer “unrelieved pain and distress,” is a manifestation of speciesism B. Speciesism, racism, and sexism are all wrong and for the same fundamental reason C. So, just as it is wrong to ignore or sacrifice the interest of minorities and women
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