Animal Rights? – February 6, 2013
- What is the basis for our ethical obligations towards animals?
- How far do these obligations extend?
- The interests of animals are entitles to equal consideration to the interests of
Singer’s Two-Part Argument
- Being entitled to equal consideration of interests is not based on factual equality
- Being entitled to equal consideration of interests is based on capacity for suffering
- These two points support the idea that the interests of animals should be treated
equally to those of humans
- It is wrong to be cruel to animals
- But if there is an end, which is “very good” for humans can only be accomplished
through pain and suffering of animal, it is justified
Steinbock’s rejection of Signer
- Some factual differences between humans and animals are relevant to whether
animals should be treated equally to humans
- The mere capacity to suffer is not sufficient for equality of treatment
What’s so Special about Humans?
- What capacity do human