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Taking LifeThree Theories on the Ethics of Killing$
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Torbjorn Tannsjo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190225575

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225575.001.0001

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The Killing of Animals

The Killing of Animals

(p.239) Chapter 11 The Killing of Animals
Taking Life

Torbjörn Tännsjö

Oxford University Press

This chapter asks the question of whether it is permissible for human beings to raise animals for food and clothing. In deontology, animals are left out of moral consideration. In moral rights thinking, there exists a strand that grants animals roughly the same moral standing as the one given to human beings. Finally, according to utilitarianism, most humans and many non-human animals share moral standing. Yet for reasons to do with side effects, it is not permissible to kill and eat human beings (in ordinary circumstances), while it is in fact considered morally acceptable to kill and eat non-human animals.

Keywords:   animal ethics, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Singer, Tom Regan

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