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Kant claims that animals are not self-conscious and are ultimately set up for death due to humans. Kant claims that humans predetermine the life of animals, which ultimately leads to Kants beliefs of right and wrong. Kant says that cruelty to animals is wrong only on the basis that any cruelty that man does to animals, might also transfer into cruelty from man to man. After Kant and Schwartz make their ridiculous claims, James Rachels goes on to explain the most important fact about cruelty to animals. In fact, the most important part is the easiest to come up with. The ANIMALS. There is no reason an animal would experience suffering any differently than I do, therefore the wrongness found in the cruelty of animals is in fact the cruelty projected onto the animals. Rachels claims that any cruelty that is inflicted upon an animal must be rational. One must be justified in order to cause an animal to suffer. But cruelty to animals in order to create a food supply does not pass as a justifiable excuse. I obviously agree with Rachels completely. Kant and Schwartz s claims are absolutely ridiculous and I could never agree with either of them. Rachels best point is made when Kant and Schwartz miss their very important one. Cruelty to animals is mostly wrong on the terms that it is not right for an animal to suffer because they feel pain as we humans do. I might have considered Kant and Schwartzs ideas a bit more if they states something similar to this, but they both failed. Cruelty to animals is wrong. How can someone be so selfish as to say that such cruelty is wrong because of the effects it has on humans? 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