Gary Steiner


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

Cover Interview of May 19, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Animals merit moral status comparable to that of human beings.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“We have obligations to protect animals and to refrain from interfering with their efforts to flourish according to their natures, even though animals have no corresponding obligations toward us.”

On the second:

“The fact that human beings can conceptualize and reflect on their potential and their subjective experiences while animals cannot has no moral significance.  This fact does not justify human beings in using animals to satisfy human desires.  In particular it does not justify human beings in killing and eating animals.”