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Unformatted text preview: senile –who plainly lack those capacities must be without rights”. This opposing view fails because animals are incapable of giving or withholding “voluntary” consent and are incapable of making moral choices. Another opposing perspective argues that animals communicate, care, and show desire and preferences just like humans. I think the author did a good job rejecting other perspectives about the topic, and that all of the reasoning tied together very well. He made a very good argument in how animals are hard to distinguish if they are able to actually have voluntary consent. I believe that animals do have rights, but it is hard to establish that they understand what rights are, and it is also hard to control and tame animals unlike humans. Overall I thought Cohen had some valid points supporting his argument, and it was done in a good manner....
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This document was uploaded on 10/26/2011 for the course PHIL 164 at UMass (Amherst).
- Fall '07