Our moral feelings enable us to extend moral considerations to nonhuman sensitive beings, no matter if they are rational agents, have moral concepts etc. or not. The question, however, is: Are we willing to sacrifice a part of our interests in favor of more serious interests or needs of nonhumans? The paper offers a critical reconsideration of the basic assumptions of the theory of “indirect moral status”. Unlike Peter Carruthers’s theory I argue that nonhuman sentient beings are directly morally considerable.
Animal ethics, Equal consideration of interests, Feeling pain, Indirect moral duties, Marginal cases, Meat-eating, Nonhumans, Suffering
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