Gary Steiner

 

On his book Animals and the Moral Community: Mental Life, Moral Status, and Kinship

Cover Interview of May 20, 2009

Lastly

The horrors visited upon animals in the name of human civilization and prerogative are utterly unconscionable.  The fact that animals cannot speak or write prevents them from asserting their rights; indeed, it prevents them from asserting that they have rights.  The Western philosophical tradition has maintained that only rational beings can be bearers of rights—but the tradition has never offered any cogent defense of this claim.  This claim appears to be nothing more than self-serving prejudice on the part of human beings.  Animals and the Moral Community develops notions of cosmic justice and animal rights that can serve as the foundation for redressing a regime of animal exploitation that has gone on largely unquestioned for thousands of years.


© 2009 Gary Steiner