[Marxism] What we share with animals

Debordagoria phantasmagorias at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 19 09:00:57 MST 2009

A few people here have suggested that 'no lines are drawn' in the animal rights literature, but this is not true. Here is a useful summary:

 "Animal rights advocates argue that drawing an ethically significant distinction between human beings and non-human animals is a form of ‘speciesism’, a prejudice that illegitimately privileges members of one’s own species over members of other species. According to this theory, animals that display a certain level of relative physiological and psychological complexity – usually vertebrates, that is, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals – have the same basic moral status as humans. A central nervous system is, at bottom, what confers moral considerability; in some versions of the theory, only creatures with the capacity to experience pain have any moral status. These animals are often designated as ‘sentient’."

Michael D. 


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