Are some animals also moral agents?

  title={Are some animals also moral agents?},
  author={Kyle Johannsen},
  journal={Animal Sentience},
  • Kyle Johannsen
  • Published 1 January 2019
  • Philosophy, Psychology, Biology
  • Animal Sentience
: Animal rights philosophers have traditionally accepted the claim that human beings are unique, but rejected the claim that our uniqueness justifies denying animals moral rights. Humans were thought to be unique specifically because we possess moral agency. In this commentary, I explore the claim that some nonhuman animals are also moral agents, and I take note of its counter-intuitive implications. 
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