The Ethics Of Care Theory Essay

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Theories such as Kantian theory cause belief that wild animals are worthy of lesser treatment, because “animals are not self-conscious and are there merely as a means to an end. The end is man” (Gaskill, 2005, p.1). However, many still fight for all animals to be treated the same, such as care ethicists (Sander-Staudt, n.d.). The ethics of care theory is one that is very closely associated with the belief that animals should be treated as morally equal to humans, and argues that “there is moral significance in the fundamental elements of relationships and dependencies in human life” (Sander-Staudt, n.d., para. 1). Ethics of care also “builds on the motivation to care for those who are dependent and vulnerable” (Sander-Staudt, n.d., para. 1). Animals deserve equal treatment because they can think similarly to humans, they have a comparable ability to communicate, and they suffer like we do.

Animals are not always thought of as the most intelligent creatures. While some creatures like ants seem to just march around invading cabinets and picnic baskets, and contribute nothing to the greater good of the world, that fact is actually the opposite. “An individual ant is not very bright, but ants in a colony, operating as a collective, do remarkable things. A single neuron in the human brain can respond only to what the neurons connected to it are doing, but all of them together can be Immanuel Kant” (Stanford, 1993, para. 1). This connection from Stanford University assistant…

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