@Regranned from @belinda_vegan - IT REALLY IS THAT SIMPLE, DO NOT TAKE WHAT IS NOT YOURS.
Other sentient beings on our planet also have interests. We have always assumed that we are justified in overriding their interests, but this bald assumption is simply species-selfishness. If we assert that to have rights one must be a member of the human race, and that is all there is to it, then what are we to say to the racist who contends that to have rights you have to be a member of the Caucasian race, is all there is to it? Conversely, once we agree that race is not, in itself, morally significant, how can species be?
Someone might say: it is not because we are members of the human species that we are justified in overriding the interest of the other animals; it is because we are rational and they are not." Someone else might argue that it is because we are autonomous beings, or because we can use language, or because we are self-conscious, or because we have a sense of justice. All these contentions and more have been invoked to justify us in sacrificing the interest of other animals to our own.
Let us consider whether non-human animals really do lack these allegedly important characteristics. The more we learn of some non-human animals, particularly chimpanzees, but also many other species, the less able we are to defend the claim that we humans are unique because we are the only ones capable of reasoning, or of autonomous action or of the use of language, or because we possess a sense of justice.
Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, then an infant of a day or a week or even a month, old. But suppose they were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, can they reason? Nor can they talk? But, can they suffer?
Respect the rights of all others that share this earth WITH us not FOR us!
Really makes you think... Credit: EggsChange
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