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Biology, Ethics, and Animals$
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Rosemary Rodd

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198240525

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240525.001.0001

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Killing Animals

Killing Animals

(p.123) 6 Killing Animals
Biology, Ethics, and Animals

Rosemary Rodd

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that any satisfactory moral system has to give some account of the way we ought to treat non-human animals. Animals are subjects, not objects, and as such they are entities with a particular individual value. It is suggested in this chapter that simple consciousness is sufficient to make killing a harm even when there is no attendant suffering. The question of whether lack of highly developed consciousness of self significantly reduces the harm involved in killing is important for a wide range of decisions we make about the way we ought to act towards animals. This chapter posits that killing conscious animals becomes a more serious wrong as the level of consciousness involved increases, but that death is a harm even for animals who only possess simple consciousness.

Keywords:   moral system, value, consciousness, harm, suffering, killing

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