Humans may be unique and superior — and that is irrelevant

  title={Humans may be unique and superior — and that is irrelevant},
  author={Eze Paez},
  journal={Animal Sentience},
  • Eze Paez
  • Published 2019
  • Philosophy
  • Animal Sentience
Chapman & Huffman argue that, because humans are neither unique nor superior to the other animals, cruelty to animals is not justified. Though I agree with their conclusion, I do not think their argument works. Many human beings do have some capacities that animals do not have and are greater in some respects, in the sense of having superior abilities. It is a better argument to deny that any of that is morally relevant. Sentience suffices for moral consideration, and for deriving a moral duty… 
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