Immanuel Kant's Animal Rights And Human Social Issues

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For this experiment, I choose the issue of animal rights. It’s my considered opinion that the ethical attitude to animals is inseparable from the fundamental moral values. David A. Nibert points out in his article Animal Rights and Human Social Issues, that “Immanuel Kant … recognized the relationship between people 's callous treatment of animals and their treatment of each other” (1994, p. 115). Probably, someone would ask me, “What are you talking about? We face today many social problems: drugs, terrorism, poverty, diseases, environmental pollution, child abuse, and so on. Is the issue of animal rights so important to you?” I will answer affirmatively, because, undoubtedly, our attitude toward animals is the mirror of our inner world. My aim is to analyze the impact of the opposing views on people 's communication, and influence of different social, educational and cultural factors on the subjective interpretation of the world. Since there are many arguments for and against animal rights, I decided…show more content…
I explained the participants that I would like them to discuss a few quotations and express their agreement or disagreement with the statement. The first quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln (n.d.) was, “I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being”. The idea of animal rights seemed ridiculous to Brian. He grew up in a country in a farming family, and his approach to this issue is completely utilitarian. He is absolutely sure that people own and use animals as property, and the primary role of animals is to work hard. I asked him to assume hypothetically, that animals have rights. However, he was very skeptical about this idea. On the contrary, from Julia’s point of view, the animals should have rights as human beings and be treated as equal partners. From her viewpoint, people are not superior to animals; therefore animals’ interests shouldn’t be subordinate to human

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