15 April 2010

Animals as Persons

From the Acknowledgments page of Gary Francione's Animals as Persons:

"I link the moral significance of nonhumans with sentience alone, and I explicitly reject the notion that humanlike cognitive characteristics are required for full membership in the moral community....

"I have argued that the property status of animals means that the level of protection provided by these laws and standards generally does not go beyond what is necessary to exploit the animals efficiently. We generally protect animal interests only to the extent we derive an economic benefit from doing so.

"...animal welfare reform tends to facilitate social acceptance of continued use and militates against abolition in a number of ways."

Sounds like how we think of all beings. Exploit but "protect" in order to exploit "better".

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