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By Sherry F. Colb, Michael C. Dorf

ISBN-10: 0231175140

ISBN-13: 9780231175142

How can anyone who condemns searching, animal farming, and animal experimentation additionally want felony abortion, that is the planned destruction of a human fetus? The authors of thrashing Hearts target to reconcile this obvious clash and think about the unusually comparable strategic and tactical questions confronted via activists within the pro-life and animal rights movements.

"Beating Hearts" continues that sentience, or the power to have subjective stories, grounds a being's entitlement to ethical challenge. The authors argue that almost all human exploitation of animals is unjustified. Early abortions don't contradict the sentience precept simply because they precede fetal sentience, and "Beating Heart"s explains why the mere strength for sentience doesn't create ethical entitlements. overdue abortions do increase severe ethical questions, yet forcing a lady to hold a toddler to time period is troublesome as a kind of gender-based exploitation. those moral explorations result in a much broader dialogue of the innovations deployed via the pro-life and animal rights hobbies. should still criminal reforms precede or persist with attitudinal alterations? Do gory photographs win over or alienate supporters? Is violence ever principled? through probing the connections among debates approximately abortion and animal rights, "Beating Hearts" makes use of every one hugely contested set of inquiries to make clear the opposite.

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Two notable exceptions are Gary L. Francione and Peter Singer. 32 Here we consider Singer’s argument because it calls attention to the common ground among utilitarians (like Singer) and others (like ourselves) while also providing an opportunity to see beyond some of the limits of utilitarianism. With characteristic directness, Singer writes that “whether a being is or is not a member of our species is, in itself, no more relevant to the wrongness of killing it than whether it is or is not Sentience or Species?

To be sure, a person who voluntarily provides aid to the children of strangers acts nobly, but what makes such conduct noble is precisely the fact that it goes beyond the call of 38 ETHICS duty. 50 Having in mind the difference between moral duties and supererogatory acts, it becomes easy to see what is wrong with the argument that eating pigs but not dogs is morally permissible because dogs but not pigs are considered family members: Just about all of the agent-relative duties that we owe to family members but not to strangers are duties of affirmative aid rather than duties of nonharm.

Contrary to popular myth, we can get all of the proteins, fats, and carbohydrates we need from an exclusively plant-based diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans (legumes), and grains.

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