The moral status of invasive animal research by bernard e rollin during the 1970s and 1980s, two veterinarians and i conceptualized, drafted, and ultimately, in 1985, persuaded congress to pass federal legislation assuring some minimal concern on the part of researchers for the welfare of laboratory animals [1. For non-human animals to have a moral-status (that is, for an animal to think rationally, be conscious, and behave morally), there is no contradiction that prevents us from imagining it therefore, because the notion that non-human animals have a moral-status is conceivable, then it is possible.
Indirect theories deny animals moral status or equal consideration with humans due to a lack of consciousness, reason, or autonomy ultimately denying moral status to animals, these theories may still require not harming animals, but only because doing so causes harm to a human being's morality. The cause of much confusion in the discussion over intrinsic value in relation to the moral status of animals, is the diversity of meanings and connotations associated with intrinsic value broadly speaking there are 4 main positions in this debate defining intrinsic value.
The moral status of animals, webpage at ethics updates (larry hinman, university of san diego), now only available at the internet archive bentham, j, an introduction to the principles of morals and legislation , at the library of economics and liberty. In this article i offer a philosophical review of (1) leading theories of the moral status of animals, (2) pivotal theoretical issues on which more progress needs to be made, and (3) applications to the setting of animal research. A why animals have direct moral status the argument in support of the claim that animals have direct moral status is rather simple it goes as follows: if a being is sentient then it has direct moral status (most) animals are sentient therefore (most) animals have direct moral status.
Moral status of animals which animals deserve moral consideration peter singer © the idea that non-human animals have significant moral status is comparatively modern it owes much to the work of philosopher peter singer and his 1975 book 'animal liberation' animal lovers would say that all animals deserve moral consideration.
The moral status of animals and their use in research: a philosophical review david degrazia introduction times have changed twenty years ago discussing the moral status of animals probably would have qualified one as a kook today no moral philosopher can evade the subject but despite increased attention to ethical issues involving.