Both agree that animals (like humans) have an intrinsic value and that suffering is common to both humans and animals. Singer believes that while animals and humans have self-consciousness, humans are superior because they have more potential in continued existence than animals. Adopting a utilitarian approach, he says that animals can be killed for food. Tom Regan's view is that animals have only a limited self-consciousness and less interest in continued existence than humans because they cannot see or imagine themselves in the future.
Dec 14th, 2014
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