Should Animals Be Harmed Or Benefit Mankind? Essay

974 Words Apr 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Should animals be harmed to benefit mankind? This question has become quite a topic of discussion among philosophers in the last two centuries. Animal experimentation emerged in the early nineteenth century. Since then, it has provided humankind with innumerable benefits and advances in technology and medicine. As a matter of fact, it marked the birth of experimental physiology and neuroscience as we currently know it. For the most part, when it comes to Animal Rights, two ethical issues are brought up- whether animals are rational beings like humans, and whether or not they are able to experience pain. As Bernard Collin expressed, “simply citing differences between animals and humans will not provide a rational basis for excluding animals form the moral scope humans are situated in”. Collins believed the true ethical question involved is “do these differences serve to justify a moral difference?”
The presented dilemma has become target of proposals and topic of debates. Several approaches have been suggested. Some individuals think that rights depend on the ability to have interest, which in turn depends on the ability to form verbal formulations. Most animals, perhaps not including some primates, would be denied rights if the statement above were true. Nevertheless, as Rosemary Rodd states, “beings incapable of possessing genuine rights might possess moral status in virtue of other qualities, such as the capacity for suffering.” All this points of view have been…

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