Question about Animals - Eddy Nahmias responds

Is torturing an insect less immoral than torturing a non-human primate? Response from: Eddy Nahmias Well, both are immoral and indications of bad character traits (and may 'harden' one for worse
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Is torturing an insect less immoral than torturing a non-human primate? Response from: Eddy Nahmias Well, both are immoral and indications of bad character traits (and may 'harden' one for worse acts), assuming that the torturing is gratuitous, as the word suggests. But we have good reasons to think that insects do not experience pain and suffering nearly as much as monkeys and apes (e.g., their nervous systems are not as complex). So, if one measure of the immorality or badness of an act is the amount of unnecessary pain and suffering it produces--and that seems plausible on any moral theory--then yes, torturing an insect would be less immoral than torturing a non-human primate. Please do neither!

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