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“All Animals Are Equal” by Peter Singer.
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One of the strongest pleas for the rights and liberation of animals, following the success of various liberation movements of humanity, has been Peter Singer's "All Animals Are Equal", an important article dealing with the need for the liberation of all animals.
To Peter Singer, equality of consideration is the basic principle of equality, and equal consideration for different beings may lead to different treatment and different rights. "It is an implication of this principle of equality that our concern for others ought not to depend on what they are like, or what abilities they possess-although precisely what this concern requires us to do may vary according to the characteristics of those affected by what we do. It is on this basis that the case against racism and the case against sexism must both ultimately rest; and it is in accordance with this principle that speciesism is also to be condemned." (Singer) The author maintains that if possessing a higher degree of intelligence does not entitle one human to use another for his own ends, it also does not entitle humans to exploit nonhumans. Singer hopes for a day when the rest of the animal creation acquires the basic rights of life and security, just as the human beings acquire their rights and liberation on the basis of race, sex, etc. "The French have already discovered that the blackness of the skin is no reason why a human being should be abandoned without redress to the caprice of a tormentor. ...
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