Week 2- Discussion 1

Week 2- Discussion 1

WEEK 2- DISCUSSION 1 &nbsp&nbsp 3 Week2- Discussion 1


Responseto Peers Comment

Itotally concur that though humans are inherently different based ingender, race or age, all are human beings and entitled to thesimilar treatment under the basic principle of equality. Humans arenot like animals since human beings have reasons and this makes themto consider others on equal basis (Singer,1989).Human beings concern for others should not be based on what theylike, their abilities or what they poses, rather it should be basedon the understanding that all humans are same species and hence theprinciple of equality. Individuals’ race, skin color, age, gendernor intelligent capacity should discriminate against other humanbeings when considering the principle if basic equality. As thewriter argues, all humans despite the trivial physical differenceshave similar needs and thus require equality in treatment.

Similarly,I am in agreement with the writer that animals and human beings areinherently different since human needs do not converge with those ofanimals. However, as Singer (1989) argued under ‘animal rights,’animals to have ‘feelings’ and thus should be treated with utmostconsideration by humans. Although animals do not have equal rights ashuman beings, animals should be treated with equal consideration andwith the basic principle of moral kindness (Singer,1989).

Thewriter gives a compelling argument that animals should be treatedwith utmost kindness and consideration. However, it is not true thatanimals have ‘brains’ as the writer implies but rather it isbecause animals have feelings. Animals do not ‘think’ or have‘brains’ as the writer imposes and it would be fallacious toequate animals as ‘thinking’ beings similar to humans(Singer, 1989).The principle of equal consideration and kindness applies to howanimals are treated by human beings because they have feelings thatare similar to humans!


Singer,P. (1989). Allanimals are equal.In T. Regan &amp P. Singer (Eds.), Animal rights and humanobligations (pp. 148-162). New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Retrieved fromhttp://spot.colorado.edu/~heathwoo/phil1200,Spr07/singer.pdf