Ms. Harrison run into little Timmy- her neighbor, seven years old- one Saturday morning at the store wearing her brand new fur coat. Little Timmy, surprised by the size of the thing asked Ms. Harrison what that was. She said it was her very expensive coat that she bought the other day hoping that little Timmy was going to admire her good taste in fashion. When little Timmy asked what was that made from, she replied “fur” hoping that he was not going to be able to put the pieces together, but when little Timmy asked “Fur, from who? How was it taken off?” Ms. Harrison could do nothing else but turn away in shame and head home.
“A 1998 investigation by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) exposed the international fur industry’s
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This theory is also known as “The Greatest Happiness Principle” (Boss, 271) since it seeks for the major net happiness for all- or at least the majority. It states that if the consequences of an action end up providing more benefits- or happiness- than harm, then the action is morally acceptable. In the case of fur trade this theme is kind of complicated because the event provides happiness for fur customers, which at the same time provide cash to the producers of the fur clothes when acquiring the item, but it ends up harming a numerous amount of animals- this is the first part of the problem-. The reason why this seems morally acceptable for some is because animals are not given the importance of humans, and are treated as means to an end. If we compare the amount of people that benefit from this practice and the amount of vulnerable animals harmed by it, the second group would outnumber the first one. This is because it takes several animals to make just one coat, just one shoe, just one scarf among others. Just to set an example, the amount of animals needed to make a fur coat goes as follows: 12-15 lynx, 10-15 wolves or coyotes, 15-20 foxes, 60-80 minks, 27-30 raccoons, 10-12 beavers and up to 60-100 squirrels (www.infurmation.com/).
According to the Utilitarian principles, “what counts is not just our happiness but the happiness of the whole community of sentient beings- that is, beings capable of feeling pleasure and pain” (Boss, 272).