Ethics & animals

Speciesism

Sheep looks through the bars of cage

When we give someone moral consideration it simply means we take into account how they will be affected by our actions and omissions, by our attitudes and decisions. Moral consideration need not apply only to sentient (conscious) creatures. Some people give moral consideration to things such as ecosystems or species, though generally moral consideration is only given to conscious beings. We can, and do, give greater or lesser moral consideration to some beings than others. Speciesism is giving different sentient beings differing moral consideration for unjust reasons. Read more

Ethical theories and nonhuman animals

Cows fenced in a small space, close together

Ethics is a critical reflection on how we should act and why. Animal ethics is the field of ethics that deals with how and why […] Read more