26 June 2014

Don't Call Animals 'IT' !

Don't Call Animals It
Don't Call Animals 'IT'
Why we should not call an animal an 'IT''. Calling animals 'IT' demotes them to unfeeling inanimate objects, like sticks and stones; then we can do anything to them without moral consideration. Is a but an IT? No. By making barriers we create uncertainty about where to put them. all animals are HE or SHE. Don't call animals IT.

What is the Principle of Equal Consideration?

Equal Consideration
Equal Consideration
What is the principle of equal consideration of moral 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.

How Much Resources Do Humans Use?

How much resources do people use? Overly much compared with all other species!

25 June 2014

Should Animals Have Rights?

Animal Rights
Should Animals Have Rights?
Should animals have rights? Resolve the question by applying the principle of treating like cases alike. pick a right that humans have (eg to live uncaged). Ask: should humans have any justification for that right while denying it to animals (eg chickens, humans, elephants)? if there is no justification then animals should have that right. This rational avoids arbitrariness and lumping all species together. Ref: James Rachels, Do Animals Have a Right to Liberty?

24 June 2014

How Can You Settle a Human-Animal Moral Dispute?

consequentialism and deontology
Be a consequentialist or deontologist
How can you settle a human-animal moral dispute? Be a consequentialist - value a good outcome and aim to make the best consequences for the most good. OR. Be a deontologist - respect your duty and carry out your obligations (regardless of consequences). What if outcome and duty match? Odd - but a happy solution!

21 June 2014

Deep What (Ecology)?

Deep Ecology
Deep Ecology
What is Deep Ecology. We can find out by examining its tenets, paraphrased. 1) All creatures have intrinsic value. 2) All beings, simple as well as complex (ie humans!), contribute to life's richness. 3) Humans should use other beings only to satisfy their basic needs (not something that will satisfy hard-line animal liberationists). 4) Human interference with the world is excessive and worsening. 5) Economic, technological and ideological policies must change radially (not something governments ever want to do). 6) Animal health depends on decreasing the number of humans (parents seem not to think this of their own babies). 7) Quality of life is more important that standard of living. 8) Everyone who believes in these tenets must work for change. Arne Naess (1912 - 2009) and his colleagues originated Deep Ecology and the world's governments simply ignore its good sense.

18 June 2014

Why is Animal Ethics Imperative?

Animal Ethics
Importance of Animal Ethics
Why is animal ethics imperative? Unexamined beliefs when acted out can do enormous harm.

17 June 2014

Have You Ever Seen a Fat Vegetarian?

Fat vegetarian
A Fat Vegetarian?
Have you ever seen a fat vegetarian?  She was just beginning that age in life when her belly protruded further than her boobs.

11 June 2014

Take the Plunge into Veganism?

A little bit is better than none
Take the plunge into veganism? How do you start being vegan? Just eat more of everything else. You don't have to be 100 percent vegan to be vegan: 70 percent (or whatever) vegan is better than no vegan.

09 June 2014

How Does a Careless Fork Cost Lives?

chicken, pig, sheep, goat
Careless Fork Costs Lives
(couldn't) Care-less fork costs lives. For the abyssal human throat:  fifty billion chickens, one billion pigs, half a billion sheep and goats ,plus billions more... annually. Reference: USDA (US Dept of Agriculture)..

05 June 2014

How Many Sheep and Goats Do People Eat?

Sheep and Goats
Sheep and Goats
Dear Santa, please bring my mommy back for Christmas. People kill a billion sheep and goats every year worldwidey. References: FAO UN; Sheep and Goat Slaughter, USDA.

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