have two functions in today's society: to be delicious and to
Do animals have rights?
If a non-human animal, however evolved, kills, maims or
injures another animal of its own kind, we may lament this
all we like, but to hold the perpetrator responsible just
will not work. Animals are mostly instinctually driven to
behave as they do, even if that may involve some slight
measure of intelligence and self-awareness. What it does not
involve is self-direction by means of free will,
self-reflection and self-monitoring, all of what would enable
them to initiate their conduct and to be morally responsible
PETA and other animal activists are not a friendly bunch
and most would just as soon stay out of their way - like all
vegans, they are in a perpetual state of hunger, irritation
and anger and prone to violent overreaction and dangerous
Singer is regarded by many to be the father of the animal
rights movement and a committed vegan.
Singer on Sex with
Singer stated that "mutually satisfying activities" of a
sexual nature may sometimes occur between humans and animals
and that writer Otto Soyka would condone such activities.
Singer states that Dekkers believes that zoophilia should
remain illegal if it involves what he sees as "cruelty", but
otherwise is no cause for shock or horror. Singer believes
that although sex between species is not normal or natural,
it does not constitute a transgression of our status as human
beings, because human beings are animals or, more
specifically, we are great apes. Religious groups, animal
rights groups, and others have condemned this view, while the
animal rights organization PETA has
Like most left-wingers, he is pro-abortion, or killing of
young humans, but not animals. In his view the central
argument against abortion is It is wrong to kill an innocent
human being; a human fetus is an innocent human being;
therefore it is wrong to kill a human fetus. He challenges
the second premise, on the grounds that its reference to
human beings is ambiguous as between human beings in the
zoological sense and persons as rational and self-conscious.
There is no sanctity of human life that confers moral
protection on human beings in the zoological sense.
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