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Do humans have an ethical obligation to prevent animal on animal violence?

Not a terribly philosophical answer here... Animals in the wild are actually quite efficient at resource utilisation. For example, a lion kills a zebra, the pride eats enough food for them to last ...
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Do humans have an ethical obligation to prevent animal on animal violence?

I'll attempt to work within the lens of utilitarianism and against the idea that we hold any obligation: The possible implementations of such a plan to suppress the occurrence of hunting and violence ...
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Do humans have an ethical obligation to prevent animal on animal violence?

"Animals do not participate in ethics" is simply wrong. See the work of Franz DeWaal on primates, they show an understanding of fairness, justice, care for others, all ethical considerations. A more ...
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Is it better thing to kill animal not human. Whats the difference?

Firstly, what is punishable by law and what is moral are two very different things, and it would be a mistake to conflate the two. While someone may not go to jail for killing an animal, this does not ...
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Do humans have an ethical obligation to prevent animal on animal violence?

Strictly utalitarian, you want to maximize the well-being of all. From this perspective, the misfortune of a few prey is easily outweighted by the advantages of the many. In addition to the predators,...
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Is there a school of thought that considers human less significant than other beings?

Yes. In particular, the philosophy of the Australian moral philosopher Peter Singer takes this point of view in some cases. He does not argue that, for example, any given pidgeon has a higher 'value' ...
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Are human lives always more important than animal lives?

In nearly all commonly accepted ethical and religious traditions, human life is considered intrinsically more valuable than animal life. However, there are significant exceptions. Most notably there'...
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Should the debate about the ethics of meat consumption focus around sentience and the ability to suffer?

In this scenario, consuming plants would be incompatible with the principle of trying to avoid unnecessary suffering given our current agricultural practices. If consuming plants caused suffering, ...
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moral value of dairy products?

I think that perhaps the biggest point here is that chemically identical but ethically "clean" dairy products could be developed using humane methods, and this would allow consumption with no ethical ...
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Is the killing of animals justified because of humans being at the top of the evolution/food chain?

Welcome, SDZ It is not clear, as Ameet Sharma points out, what your friend means by 'being on top of the food chain'. But between (1) any plausible meaning it might have and (2) the claim that one ...
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How can we defend conservation on a species level?

These are some interesting questions. I'll start with the third one: Can an abstract construct such as a species even have rights of itself, like a right to survive (as a species)? Here you're ...
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Why is orangutan meat not good to eat?

First, I should warn that I'm not a vegetarian nor do I play one on TV. My wife is one however, and there are many different reasons people make this choice: ranging from not liking the taste of meat, ...
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Is it more ethical to neuter cats than to let kittens be born and released outdoors when grownup?

In Kant's ethics, the primary concern is whether an agent's actions accord with reason (understood in a universal sense). Thus, he is not generally concerned with the outcomes of our actions, and he ...
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Alastair Norcross's Puppies, Pigs, and People and utilitarianism

To be clear, Norcross is not advocating the Doctrine of Double Effect (DDE). Norcross is a utilitarian, and utilitarians reject the DDE. He mentions the DDE only because there are other people who ...
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What is the difference between plants and animals for Singer?

Peter Singer identifies wrong with pain. It's not particularly clear that plants experience anything similar to what we normally call "pain" whereas it seems like many types of animals do experience ...
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Is there place for animal utility in utilitarianism?

If you ask someone whether he'd rather kill two flies or one human, probably everyone will choose two flies. I should start by noting that flies don't have pain receptors, so let's change the ...
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Is there place for animal utility in utilitarianism?

First off, I want to note that this is a good way to extend the concepts you're encountering elsewhere. Second, in contemporary philosophy, the word "Utilitarianism" is often used interchangeably with ...
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Do humans have an ethical obligation to prevent animal on animal violence?

Utilitarianism is, roughly, about maximizing happiness and minimizing suffering, out of all sentient beings. Therefore, if we can reliably reduce wild animal suffering (without screwing it up and ...
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Most recent introduction to academic debates to vegetarianism and veganism

These references might help. All have a philosophical angle. Emelia Quinn, Thinking Veganism in Literature and Culture : Towards a Vegan Theory, ISBN 10: 3319733796 / ISBN 13: 9783319733791 Published ...
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The needs of many (in 'ok' circumstances) vs. the needs of few (in 'extreme' circumstances)

One place to look for those considering questions of how to optimize charitable resources directed toward both humans and animals in general would be in the writings of Peter Singer. This is how ...
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Do humans have an ethical obligation to prevent animal on animal violence?

Goal to reduce pain for whom ? While you can assume "a purely utilitarian perspective with a goal to reduce pain", there can be a significant variation about the set of entities for whom you'd want ...
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Should the debate about the ethics of meat consumption focus around sentience and the ability to suffer?

This is my first contribution to philosophy stackexchange - I hope I comply with community rules, please do let me know if I should edit my answer. You suggest at the end of your post that ...
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Kill the last of a species to save one child?

To answer with a kantian perspective (surprise, surprise!): In the realm of ends everything has either a price or a dignity. What has a price is such that something else can also be put in its ...
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Kill the last of a species to save one child?

If saving the species is to be done at all costs, then the scenario you present does't really present a dilemma. Even after the last male Gorilla is killed, certain steps can be taken to preserve the ...
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Should the debate about the ethics of meat consumption focus around sentience and the ability to suffer?

See here re: Animal Minds and a counter-example to Hume's Guillotine then formulate desire-independent reason(s) for action based on an argument you can advance. Lastly, you'll want to use Rawl's Veil ...
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Is it more ethical to neuter cats than to let kittens be born and released outdoors when grownup?

My initial response is... well, you'd have to ask the cats. What I mean by that is: I do not see that Kantian rational ethics can apply to animals at all, not in any strict sense. However, Peter ...
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