In the first half on “The Animal Liberation Movement”, writer Peter Singer claims that we should give the same respect to non-human animals as we give to the lives of humans. To make his case, Singer claims that equality is based on equal consideration and shows that arguments for not extending rights to non-humans are inconsistent. Next, he makes the argument as to why equality is a moral idea and not an assertion of fact by going through the problems of holding all human beings equal from a literal standpoint. Finally, he addresses suffering and compares the suffrage of healthy and disabled humans to the suffering of certain non-human animals. In his work, Peter Singer urges us to consider extending the same amount of consideration in the
context of America’s presence in world affairs.
90S. Thinking Animals. Instructor T. Manganaro. WF 4:40-5:55
Do animals think and feel like we do? Biologically speaking, humans and animals share 60% to 99% of their genetic
codes, and comparative cognitive science shows the remarkable similarities of our brain’s basic functions. This
might suggest that we know what it is like to be an animal. On the other hand, humankind has long kept animals as
pets and eaten them as food, as if to say they are replaceable…