Philosophy February 25, 2013- Animal Rights
Equal consideration of interests
Can they suffer?
Deontological perspective: animals don’t have rights
Cohen finds Singers argument shitty
Bentham- not reason that matters, but whether one can suffer or not
o Singer develops this
o Having an interest predisposes suffering; p 588, “the capacity for suffering and enjoying
things is a prerequisite for having feelings at all…”
Sentience matters- ability to suffer and an interest to not suffer
We privilege the interests of humans over non-humans for reasons that are simply arbitrary
Case of the mentally challenged child: p 589
Better test subject?