Human And Non Human Animals

1791 Words Oct 26th, 2015 8 Pages
With several scientifically verifiable differences between human and non-human animals, there are major similarities in terms of biological make ups, livelihood requirements, and life cycles. Major differences are cited on the grounds of brain functionality and response to various environmental stimuli. Basing the whole argument on the differences in the mental capabilities of both human and non-human animals, the latter is viewed as less being that is vulnerable and that requires support, protection and general care. In regard to this, therefore, there have been major discriminations against the non-human animals whereby human has exploited other non-human animals in their day to day life. All the acts of unjustified differentials in moral considerations mainly trace their roots on the observed differences in mental capacities between these species. This paper presents how morality can sustain an opposition between human and non-human animals. The position of the animals’ welfare that presents the prevailing viewpoint for looking into human’s moral as well as legal mandate to the non-human animals, holds to the fact that the life of animals is less valued compared to human’s life. Therefore, animals can be used as human’s resources and wealth as long as they are treated ‘humanely’ without inflicting unnecessary pain and suffering. This position presents animals as being self-unaware, thus living in eternal present caring less about continuing their lives as generally…
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