By Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton units out a compelling account of the way we must always take into consideration the morality of our relations to different animals. He argues that it truly is flawed to think that animals immediately have rights, yet indicates we owe them tasks looking on even if we're treating them as pets, for laboratory experiments or for meat. this is often crucial analyzing within the mild of the new public crisis over concerns corresponding to veal calf exportation and the BSE predicament>
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All these facts are blindingly obvious to anyone who has a passing acquaintance with art and literature, whether or not they are captured by Kant’s philosophical account of them. There are those who believe that animals, too, are to be treated ‘as ends in themselves’. ‘In my morality,’ writes Stephen Clark, ‘all Demos 35 This page is covered by the Demos open access licence. Some rights reserved. uk/openaccess 03. ’13 But I find no cogent explanation of what this could mean, apart from the fact that animals are not to be treated as things, since to do so is to disregard their capacity for suffering.
Grafted on to the metaphysical idea of the individual, however, is another concept, according to which individuality is a kind of achievement. In an important sense, the individual ant has no history; it is unmarked by experience and remains the same at death as it was at birth – a machine-like soldier, indistinguishable in its knowledge and responses from any other member of its kind. The more a creature is able to learn from and adapt to its 34 Demos This page is covered by the Demos open access licence.
In other words, it ignores the most fundamental function of moral thinking, which is to establish a community founded on negotiation and consent. 38 Demos This page is covered by the Demos open access licence. Some rights reserved. uk/openaccess 03. Animals 97 1/5/03 1:35 pm Page 39 Life, death, joy and suffering Nevertheless, it is hard to deny that suffering is morally significant, that it is experienced by animals and that it is wrong to inf lict it deliberately without cause. Why it is wrong is a question that I consider below.
Animal Rights And Wrongs by Roger Scruton