Animal Rights - Why do we extend the principle of equality...

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Animals Speciesism : the view that the human species is inherently superior to other species. In ethics it is the view that humans have a superior moral status, and thus are deserving of greater moral consideration, than non-human animals. Two kinds of speciesism: strong and weak .
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Strong Speciesism Strong Speciesism : The view that only humans have intrinsic moral worth and, therefore, that only human interests should bear weight in our moral deliberations. Does strong Speciesism imply that we can do whatever we want to animals?
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Weak Speciesism Weak Speciesism : The view that non-human animals have some intrinsic moral worth, though not as much as humans. Capacities approach: a being’s moral worth or status depends upon the degree to which it has certain morally relevant
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Singer: “All Animals Are Equal” Singer’s Thesis: The principle of equality should be extended to non-human animals. What does that mean?
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Singer Cont.
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Unformatted text preview: Why do we extend the principle of equality to people of other genders and ethnicities. Not because of any physical or mental equality. Why not? Excludes children and the physically and mentally handicap Singer cont. The principle of equality should be extended to beings that have interests. Only beings that can suffer and experience pleasure can have interests. So the principle of equality applies to beings that can suffer and experience pleasure. Animals suffer and experience pleasure. So the principle of equality should be extended to animals. Possible Objections Humans experience greater kinds and amounts of suffering than most (and perhaps all) non-human animals. The more pain/suffering pleasure/happiness one can experience the more important ones interest and so the more consideration one deserves. There are things that are intrinsically valuable other than pleasure and pain....
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