Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Group 2 Discussion
Our group discussed the animal rights topic. We had some disagreements about the rights of animals and whether or not they should be used for medical research. I personally believe that animals are not equals and therefore don't share the same rights. With that being said, I do like animals! I would not agree with testing on animals for insignificant gains but if animals can be used to make us as humans suffer less then I would be for it. One more thing that struck me as off in the book is on page 122 where Bentham states that since animals can suffer. Yes, I do believe they can suffer but I don't think that animal suffering should count as much as human suffering in the utilitarian calculus of happiness.