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Kant and animals - pleasure and pain All high-level animals...

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Kant: Moral standing hinges on rationality, self-consciousness, and autonomy. Humans generally have these thinks and so have moral standing. Animals do not have these things and so do not have any moral standing in their own right. It follows that animals cannot be wronged. Kant does say, though, that we have “indirect duties” towards animals. Practical issues: Factory Farming, vegetarianism, hunting/trapping, dog fighting, circuses, rodeos, zoos How about insects? What about plants? Stomping tulips Deforestation Singer: Moral standing hinges first and foremost on sentience, which is the ability to feel
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Unformatted text preview: pleasure and pain. All high-level animals have sentience and so have a moral standing their own right. Singer also says that being human (being a member of the biological human species) does not at all add to ones moral standing. To think that it does is to embrace “speciesism”, which singer thinks of as being just as objectionable as racism and sexism -when it comes to killing, Singer does admit that more than just sentience should be considered other factors ( self- awareness and the ability to form meaningful relationships with others) can “up” a beings moral standing...
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