Critical Analysis 3

Critical Analysis 3 - Crittenden 1 Dana Crittenden Critical...

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Crittenden 1 Dana Crittenden Critical Analysis Paper #3 BIO312 February 27, 2007 Not racism, or sexism… but “specieism” In the article by Carl Cohen, he aggressively attacks the idea of animal rights. He believes animals have no rights, as they lack the capacity for free moral judgment. “Humans confront choices that are purely moral; humans-but certainly not dogs or mice- lay down moral laws, for others and for themselves. Humans are morally autonomous… They (animals) are not beings of a kind capable of exercising or responding to moral claims.” I disagree with this statement, because there are many humans who can not make autonomous decisions, and who do not have the mental capacity to make their own choices. This is why these individuals usually have a power of attorney. Since the mentally handicapped, and psychologically distressed patients have someone else make their choices for them, does that mean they should be treated as any less of a person? Cohen discusses this common argument later in the article, stating this type of
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