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p. 122. The moral status of animalslocked

  • David DeGrazia

Abstract

Increasingly, people claim that animals have moral status, moral rights, or both. What does this mean? To say that a cat has moral status is to say that the cat has moral importance in her own right and not just in relation to people. ‘The moral status of animals’ considers whether animals, all animals, should have moral status and defines different levels of understanding moral rights: the moral status, the equal-consideration, and the utility-trumping senses of rights. Are all animals equal, including centipedes, slugs, and amoebas? Some animal advocates claim that they are. Not all creatures are sentient, which means having a capacity to feel.

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