118 Singer, Animal Ethics

118 Singer, Animal Ethics - Animal Ethics Questions Do...

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Animal Ethics Questions Do (non-human) animals have rights? Do we have obligations to animals? Do animals have interests and are we morally required to consider them? Is killing an animal a morally bad thing? Is inflicting pain or suffering on animals morally bad? Do animals have moral standing? Peter Singer, All Animals are Equal Singer addresses the last question by focusing on animal interests and animal pain and suffering via the concept of equality Moral equality : we ought to give equal consideration to satisfying needs and interests. Factual equality : equality with regard to various abilities: intelligence, rationality, moral sensitivity, capacity to experience pleasure or pain. One argument against discriminatory treatment can be based on factual equality. Arguments based on factual equality are sometimes appropriate because attempted justifications of such treatment are sometimes based on unfounded claims about factual inequality.
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