The Moral Status of Animals by Lori Gruen

The introduction to this article provides a succinct entry-point into current debates on animal ethics. It raises questions concerning the sources of our obligations to other species, and details the various stances that philosophers take in relation to the differences that exist between humans and animals.

While the article itself is challenging, teachers might find it useful as a source of ideas and arguments.

The article has three sections: 1) The Moral Considerability of Animals; 2) The Moral Significance of Animals’ Moral Claims; and 3) Alternative Perspectives on Human Relations to Other Animals.

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