The Moral Status of Animals

[Revised entry by Lori Gruen on August 23, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Is there something distinctive about humanity that justifies the idea that humans have moral
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[Revised entry by Lori Gruen on August 23, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Is there something distinctive about humanity that justifies the idea that humans have moral status while non-humans do not? Providing an answer to this question has become increasingly important among philosophers as well as those outside of philosophy who are interested in our treatment of non-human animals. For some, answering this question will enable us to better understand the nature of human beings and the proper scope of our moral obligations. Some argue that there is an answer that can distinguish humans from the rest of the...

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