By Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton units out a compelling account of the way we should always take into consideration the morality of our relations to different animals. He argues that it truly is incorrect to think that animals immediately have rights, yet indicates we owe them tasks looking on even if we're treating them as pets, for laboratory experiments or for meat. this can be crucial examining within the gentle of the new public difficulty over concerns corresponding to veal calf exportation and the BSE problem>
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This utilitarian calculation is entirely irrelevant when faced with the question whether we ought to compel Henry to release one of his kidneys. For that is someDemos 55 This page is covered by the Demos open access licence. Some rights reserved. uk/openaccess 03. Animals 97 1/5/03 1:35 pm Page 56 Animal rights and wrongs thing we have no right to do, and all reasoning stops once this moral truth is recognised. Suppose Elizabeth and Jane are both suffering from a rare disease, and William, Jane’s husband, has obtained at great expense a quantity of the only drug that will cure it.
It is nearer the truth, I maintain, to think of morality as setting the limits to economic reasoning, rather than being a species of it. Moral principles tells us precisely that we must go no further along the path of calculation and that the desire to do so is a kind of corruption. That this corruption is the ruling vice of modern societies gives us no grounds for condoning it. The moral law Look back now at the account of the rational agent given earlier and you will find an altogether different picture.
Should we be so Demos 39 This page is covered by the Demos open access licence. Some rights reserved. uk/openaccess 03. Animals 97 1/5/03 1:35 pm Page 40 Animal rights and wrongs solicitous of those whose sufferings we cause as to go on tip-toe through life, curtailing all our ventures lest they weigh down the balance of woe? To answer ‘yes’ to this question is, I believe, to lose sight of what morality is for, and therefore to destroy the basis of one’s moral judgement. 40 Demos This page is covered by the Demos open access licence.
Animal Rights And Wrongs by Roger Scruton