Singer vs. Regan: Animal Rights? Yeah Right!
Do you believe in animal rights? Do you believe that animal rights should be a movement as that of human rights? Well, I don’t. I’m not afraid to say I don’t share the same idea of animal activists or liberationist for animals (those who believe animals’ feelings should be considered and the idea that the most basic interests of non-human animals should be accounted the same as the similar interests of human beings). But If I had to agree with one in comparison to another I would agree with Peter Singer vs. Tom Regan, but only to a certain point in which I should address later. I will first tell you about Singer who he is and what his arguments are, then Regan and his arguments. Finally I will bring them together just to point out one versus the other.
Tom Regan and Peter Singer are two animal rights activist with same idea in favor of greater moral consideration toward animals but different aspects with important differences. Whatever their relatively different rational basis are both philosophers, Regan and Singer, derive at basically the same conclusions. While Singer takes a utilitarian approach, Regan takes a deontological “rights” and “inherent value” position. In the end they both take a position of vegetarianism and advocated banning animal experimentation.
First there is Singer, the utilitarian. “Utilitarianism give a different account of the constraints regarding how animals out to be treated” (Regan, Environmental Ethics Vol.2, pg. 108). He says also that it has two principles which are equality and utility itself. This is Regan’s view but I think it’s a pretty fair definition. Coming from Singer it mean that he judges the rightness of an act by its consequences, and specifically by the extent to which it satisfies the first choices of those affected making the most of pleasure and the least out of pain. Singer stands as follows: “…the view that the effects of our... [continues]
Cite This Essay
(2010, 10). Human Rights, Yeah Right. StudyMode.com. Retrieved 10, 2010, from http://www.studymode.com/essays/Human-Rights-Yeah-Right-422979.html
"Human Rights, Yeah Right" StudyMode.com. 10 2010. 10 2010 <http://www.studymode.com/essays/Human-Rights-Yeah-Right-422979.html>.
"Human Rights, Yeah Right." StudyMode.com. 10, 2010. Accessed 10, 2010. http://www.studymode.com/essays/Human-Rights-Yeah-Right-422979.html.