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Unformatted text preview: “The question is not, Can they reason ? Can they talk ? but, Can t-Jeremy Bentham Ian Ratliff ISAT 131 06:40:42 Human Benefits and Animal Rights Many cats and dogs are euthanized each week in animal shelters. Animal shelters simply cannot adopt out enough cats and dogs that reproduce in the corners of back allies. Because the animal is going to be void from the planet anyway, is it unethical to use a perfectly healthy animal for medical students to perform surgery on? 1 Jeremy Bentham, the founding father of modern utilitarianism, takes a viewpoint that takes up for the animals. He compares a full grown dog and horse to a newborn infant, stating that the animal has more reasoning abilities than the newborn. Infants are regarded highly when it comes to ethical values because it is innocent human life that has a world of potential ahead of it. It would not be popular for a human to accept the testing of an infant for the benefits of other humans. Due to this, it is not the reasoning ability that justifies whether it is wrong, but the fact humans....
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ISAT 131 taught by Professor Tang during the Spring '08 term at James Madison University.
- Spring '08