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An excuse for not being a vegetarian

I recently found myself holding the following views, which seem to be in contradiction: It is morally wrong to kill a human being which wishes to live; in particular it is wrong to kill a baby or an ...
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Property rights and animals

David Graeber's book on Debt: The First 5,000 Years emphasizes that it may be impossible to maintain an engine of perpetual economic growth forever on a finite planet. This bearish view of capitalism ...
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Why should almost extinct animals be protected from going extinct?

The feeling that it's "sad" if a species dies out seems to be coming from an aesthetic point of view how the world should be. But is there a rationality behind it? The only rational reason I was ...
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Do animals deserve rights? [closed]

I've been thinking about this lately and I cannot come to a consistent conclusion. Do animals deserve any rights? If so which rights and to which animals? For example: testing medicine on chimps ...
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Philosophical justification for giving certain animals rights of a person?

There is a growing movement for the bestowing certain non-human species with legal rights of a person. What might be some of the most significant or important philosophical arguments in favor of such ...
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Relationship between animals and human beings

So, there are a number of things I am actually after with this, but to try to encapsulate the concern briefly: which thinkers or writers might comment on the relationship between animals and human ...
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Adequate Animal Housing and the Naturalistic Fallacy

Many animal rights activists claim that adequate animal housing should be geared towards the natural environment of animals. For example, they claim that monkeys should be not kept within human's ...
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Is absolute ethical veganism an irrational position?

I have a handful of friends who are strictly vegan, and I talked with each of them before about their views. At least 3 of them have said to me that under no circumstance would they eat an animal or ...