By Michael P. T. Leahy
Simply by interpreting the studies of the folks (or possibly the animals) who gave this e-book one-star, you may inform the emotional vitriol, the name-calling and histrionics that accompany thr so-called "animal rights" circulation. the purpose is that you simply cannot have rational discussions with those who equate the dying of six million Jews to the demise of six million chickens, that is what those humans think in. and that is the challenge - in case you disagree with them, you're "ignorant, "stupid" - and so forth. so if you are a pondering individual, take those stories for what they are worthy. that is what is so demanding approximately this circulate - they use scare strategies, certainly downright terroristic ideas, to get you to "convert" (it's no shock Hitler was once a vegetarian animal-lover!) This booklet makes a well-argued, nuanced case and maybe it truly is attracting quite a bit hate-mail this is why it really is relatively solid. it is easy to learn and makes excellent arguments.
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Nonetheless I do think that there is the germ of a valid criticism of Frey in this discussion of telos which I shall now attempt to elaborate. AGAINST LIBERATION 47 Animals, artifacts and plants Frey’s position is that human beings, animals, and machines have needs. So do other things. Humans can desire what they need, or otherwise acknowledge it, and, in so doing, ‘have an interest’ in it. Interests, in this sense which involves desire or acknowledgement, are important for Frey in the moral scheme of things, but in ways that are not always clear.
On its first patrol two men were disturbed in a robbery attempt and the dog pursued them. But they took separate paths, banking therefore upon a better-thanevens chance of escape. The dog, trained only to seize by the arm, ‘chased one suspect up the left fork, apprehended him, disabled his leg, left him, proceeded up the right fork, and held the second man by the arm, unharmed’ (Rollin 1981:24). Common sense, he thinks, requires us to say that the dog reasoned. Presumably this is not an invitation to consider the dog’s response to its training but rather to imagine a deliberate departure from it by the animal to take account of the unique circumstances of a double pursuit and the need to apprehend two quarries.
But in so doing he forfeits profitable comparisons with the treatment of human persons. This ambitious moral status with which Singer dignifies animals would seem to imply that to kill a nonhuman person would be more reprehensible than to kill a human anencephalic. Such is indeed the case: ‘So it seems that killing, say, a chimpanzee is worse than the killing of a gravely defective human who is not a person’ (1979:97). (It is worth noting that one could well agree with this conclusion without having to elevate the chimpanzee into a person.
Against Liberation: Putting Animals in Perspective (Volume 0) by Michael P. T. Leahy