The Philosophical Basis for Animal Ethics

Author: Dr. Rob Cook


In my paper, The Place of Animals in the Purposes of God I do not venture into the ethical debates except for showing a few provocative pictures. To remedy this I now offer some notes which I hope will prove helpful.
Differences of opinion in ethical debates about such issues as animal research and meat eating often emerge from divergent views on the moral status of animals – what exactly are their rights if any? There seems to be five sorts of answers to this question as outlined below (for this taxonomy I lean heavily on the book Animal Rights – A Very Short Introduction by D. DeGrazia [OUP; 2002]).

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