31 May 2014

What is the Greatest Threat to People?

The Greatest Threat to People
The Greatest Threat to People
What is the greatest threat to people? The greatest threat to people is ignorance; the greatest threat to animals is ignorant people.

29 May 2014

What is a Subject of a Life?

We are All Subjects of a Life
Just as your life story is uniquely yours, so every animal has a unique life story. We are all individuals going through the process of life, we are all subjects of a life (a phrase popularised by Tom Regan). The phrase serves to remind us how close we are to each other and to animals.

How is Animal Suffering Organised?

Animal Suffering
Animal Suffering
How is animal suffering organised? "Animal suffering is intense, widespread, expanding and socially sanctioned. And they are unable to organise in defence of their own interests." Henry Spira.

What Are the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare?

The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare
The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare
What Are the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare? They are freedom for normal behaviour, freedom from pain, injury and disease, from hunger and thirst, from fear and distress, and from discomfort. In practice they are usually ignored.

22 May 2014

Why Can’t You Taste the Chicken in a Chicken Sandwich?

Chicken Sandwich
Why chicken has no taste
Why can’t you taste the chicken in a chicken sandwich? Factory farmed chickens are fed only corn and soya* - a bland unnatural diet leaving them tasteless. What you taste in the sandwich is the spice added to disguise this truth.

*National Chicken Council - the voice of the chicken industry (but not the voice of chickens)

17 May 2014

What is Equal Consideration of Interests? Part Two

Equal Consideration of Interests
Equal Consideration of Interests? Part Two
What is equal consideration of interests? It means the welfare interests of humans and animals are equally important. Human concerns should not automatically take priority over animal concerns. We must give equal thought to the PERTINENT welfare of each. Thus if human and animal interests are equal regarding experimentation, and if you are not prepared to experiment on one then you cannot experiment on the other.

What is Equal Consideration of Interests? Part One

Equal Consideration of Interests
Equal Consideration of Interests? Part One
What is equal consideration of interests?
"If an animal feels pain, the pain matters as much as when a human feels pain - if the pains hurt just as much. How bad pain and suffering are does not depend on the species that experiences it. When there is moral conflict you must consider animal and human interests equally". Peter Singer

12 May 2014

Is there a Code of Conduct for Animal Rights Students?

Code of conduct
Code of Conduct
Is there a code of conduct for animal rights students? Yes. Try this one. Here is a code of conduct for teachers to keep their students well behaved.
You will study ideas that challenge the present human worldview of animals.You may feel these ideas threaten your views and lifestyle.You are not required to agree with these ideas and should decide yourself what to think.To join this course you must accept this code and be positive and respectful.If you are disturbed speak privately with the teacher to explore ways to help you.
Now teach with confidence!

Are Humans Morally Superior to Animals?

Human moral superiority
Human Superiority?
Are humans morally superior to animals? If animals can act morally, then you can only COMPARE the morality of one species with another species, like compare the music of Mozart with Beethoven. But neither is better than the other; they are just different. If animals are amoral, then you cannot judge human morality against something that does not exist, like you cannot judge the goodness of a robot against nothing at all. You might have a preference, but that is merely personal taste.