The Moral Code Of Human Culture

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Much of human culture is built upon basic principles that we as people may, or may not, even be aware that we are adhering to. Most people never stop to question why it is that we cherish certain animals, yet consume others. Almost all American’s would be disgusted if I mentioned that in China, it is socially acceptable to eat dogs and cats, and many Indian’s would find it completely reprehensible that people in America eat cows. Those who choose to eat meat and other animal products, and those who choose to abstain from these products for moral reasons tend to have wildly different views on animals and the roles they play in our society. What is it that gives us, as humans, the right to take another living being’s life? These issues seem …show more content…

Singer goes on to state that according to the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, a person with a profound intellectual or developmental disability is characterized as a person with: an IQ of less than 25, who will always require much supervision; though, they may acquire some self-help skills, have an ability to understand that exceeds their ability to speak, may have little or no speech, may be capable of following simple directions, have no academic skills, may be unable to perform any useful work; though, with training may be able to achieve a work-activity level of productivity, and who may appear socially isolated and pay little attention to others except as it relates to their own needs. If the argument for speciesism is that non-human animals are not as intelligent, and therefore less morally important, how do we justify this thought pattern in the light of humans who have a lower IQ and less cognitive functioning than an ape?
While Apes are not routinely consumed, pigs are, and they have been found to have cognitive functioning and intelligence at about the level of a 3 year old human child. Donald Brook, a Professor of Animal Welfare at the University of Cambridge Veterinary School remarks, "Pigs have the cognitive ability to be quite sophisticated. Even more so than dogs and certainly [more so than]

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