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By Roger Scruton

Roger Scruton units out a compelling account of the way we must always take into consideration the morality of our relations to different animals. He argues that it truly is flawed to think that animals instantly have rights, yet indicates we owe them tasks reckoning on no matter if we're treating them as pets, for laboratory experiments or for meat. this can be crucial interpreting within the gentle of the new public predicament over concerns reminiscent of veal calf exportation and the BSE trouble>

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It involves a self-ref lexive judgement, an awareness of, and contentment with, one’s condition. It may be true, as Aristotle argued, that we all have reason to aim at happiness. But this gives us no means for calculating the answer to moral questions, since the happiness of one person cannot be placed on a scale that will measure it against the happiness of another. In any case, animals are never happy as we are – merely pleased, comfortable and well. Justice: if our only concern is the balance of pleasure over pain, then injustice ceases to be an obstacle.

Thirdly, to focus exclusively on suffering is to present a caricature of moral thought. As I shall argue, morality stems from at least four sources and only one of these makes suffering into the principal fact. Those who see no further than suffering blind themselves to much that is worthwhile. Just as human beings can develop as persons only through a measure of pain, so do animals enjoy the fullness of animal life only if they are exposed to the risk of suffering. To remove that risk is easy, but the result is not a life that an animal should lead.

Thirdly, to focus exclusively on suffering is to present a caricature of moral thought. As I shall argue, morality stems from at least four sources and only one of these makes suffering into the principal fact. Those who see no further than suffering blind themselves to much that is worthwhile. Just as human beings can develop as persons only through a measure of pain, so do animals enjoy the fullness of animal life only if they are exposed to the risk of suffering. To remove that risk is easy, but the result is not a life that an animal should lead.

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