Do animals have rights? If so, what sort of rights are they? What are they (the animals) entitled to? Whose duty is it to respect their rights? What sort of entities are the proper bearers of rights, anyway? What’s an animal? Are all animals equal? Are the rights that animals possess similar to the rights that humans possess? If so, what is the basis for such rights? Biological life? Moral agency? Consciousness? The awareness of pain or suffering? Does nature tell us anything about how animals should be treated? Should we all become vegetarians?
GRS Real Philosophy Series (Episode 7)
Life in the real world often forces people to engage themselves in various philosophical enterprises, most of which involve the sorting out of various “tough questions.” This eight-part series will focus on several important philosophical issues related to some of those tough questions.