Interest in not suffering

13 Apr 2014

Animals have an interest in not suffering. All sentient beings have an interest in avoiding negative experiences and increasing positive experiences. Read more

Animal interests

13 Apr 2014

The term “interest” is used to describe what is beneficial for someone. That is, in other words, what promotes what is good for anyone whose life can go well or ill. Read more

Interest in living

27 Mar 2014
Close up of baby blue turtle on the sand

Any being who can have positive experiences is harmed by death. Animals have an interest in living so they can continue having positive experiences. Read more

Why we should give moral consideration to sentient beings, rather than living beings

26 Mar 2014
Group of zebras walking

Biocentrism is the belief that claims everything alive must be respected. What matters morally is being sentient, rather than just being alive. Read more

Why we should give moral consideration to sentient beings rather than ecosystems

26 Mar 2014
Deer walking through a forest

One view that is often defended by environmentalists is that we should care primarily about ecosystems or biocenoses, and that we should be ready to sacrifice individuals for the sake of them. Read more

Why we should give moral consideration to individuals rather than species

26 Mar 2014

A species is an abstract entity that cannot have experiences and therefore cannot be wronged in the way that sentient individuals can. Read more

The weight of animal interests

25 Mar 2014

We can only dismiss the interests of nonhuman animals if we assume a blatantly speciesist view that only humans matter. Read more

The relevance of sentience

18 Mar 2014
Two deers touch noses in the snow

The relevance of sentience can be argued by claiming that being sentient is what matters to be positively or negatively affected, rather than simply being alive or species membership. Read more