Equal Consideration Of Interests And Our Moral Obligation

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“We are, quite literally, gambling with the future of our planet - for the sake of hamburgers” (Peter Singer, Animal Liberation). To me, this quote could be taken in so many different ways. Singer may mean that we are tampering too much with the food chain of our world, which could eventually cause complete collapse. He may even mean that we are killing innocent animals for our own benefit, but we don’t know what this could lead to. Other humans maybe? Who knows? Whatever the true meaning of this quote may be, Singer’s point is very clear and I would definitely agree with him - most of the people on this earth have a duty to become vegetarians, for moral purposes.
Peter Singer’s argument for animal equality is mainly dependent on the principle of equality. The principle of equality states that we as humans are all equal in a moral sense, meaning that we are each permitted to equal consideration of our interests. Singer also states that the principle of equality cannot only depend on specific qualities of humans (such as race), which would mean that it cannot only be applied to humans either. By this, Peter Singer means that non-human animals should also receive equal consideration of their interests, but only if they are sentient. Anything that is sentient is able to feel both pain and pleasure. In my opinion, sentience is the most important part of Singer’s entire argument because it gives clear reason to why most of the human race should become vegetarian. Singer’s argument for vegetarianism (and just his beliefs in general) is based completely on utilitarianism. He would argue that by eating meat, we do not maximize overall pleasure and actually causes unnecessary suffering. The reason that the suffering is unnecessary is that most of us do not need to eat meat to live and we have plenty of other foods available. The reason that Singer argues that only most of us are morally obligated to become vegetarian is because there are some people in the world who only
have meat as an option. For example, a person living on the cold and snowy continent of Antarctica would not have fruit or vegetables to harvest. In this case, meat is probably their only option and Singer would declare this acceptable.
As stated previously, I agree with Peter Singer and his argument that we are all morally obligated to become vegetarian....

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