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[Ethics] Is it wrong to keep pets? Can we respect an animals rights whilst keeping them as property?

  In this episode, Jake and Ant look at the ethics of pet care. Is it ok to keep any sentient living being as property, free to be made infertile if their aggression annoys us and even to be put down if they become an inconvenience or minor danger.  Part of this discussion will feel familiar from our vegan/vegetarianism episode (how do we compare animal vs human rights?), but the fundamental question is how do we square the very common stance of being anti-livestock/vegan but pro-pets?  We do care about our pets, but we also violate what may very reasonably be their rights as sentient creatures in the interest of our enjoyment - and their being happy with the arrangement may not necessarily get us off the hook, just as it doesn't solve the 'benevolent slave owner' argument.  Also, to what extent does keeping pets enable negligent or non-benevolent pet owners to cause suffering, and can we even agree what counts as negligent - by some accounts keeping a dog in an inner city

[Ethics & Morals] When Animals are Seen as Machines

   From Plato to Descartes and Kant and now to modern day, there is a general idea that pervades Western society. This idea is about the uniqueness and superiority of the human being.  We are rational and conscious beings that apparently stand alone in the world, separated intellectually from animals and biologically from machines. The relationship between humans, animals, and machines is a tumultuous one and it is not easily definable.  For many classical philosophers, this relationship has always been a hierarchy. Humans are on the top and animals and machines fall somewhere below. These beliefs have created a distinct category for the three terms that leaves no room for overlap.  Because of the great disparity between these groups, the animal and machine have come to be known as the “Other.” This title demonstrates that they are markedly disregarded and disrespected.

[Ethics] Morality is Subjective(Who's kidding whom?)

   Many who argue against veganism claim that morality is subjective.  Let's look...

[Commentary] 'Vegan News' is All About FOOD! 🍠🌿 I Michael Corthell

  by Michael Corthell, The Village Vegan Most of the top vegan news sites are (nearly) all about plant based foods with few stories about veganism itself. Why is that? Don't get me wrong, we vegans need to know about great recipes and all about meat substitutes. We even like to know how are favorite celebrities are getting along in their vegan life and what companies they are supporting and investing in. But isn't our first job as vegans to promote and advocate for veganism? Veganism isn't about diet The Vegan Society : ''Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason for becoming vegan, but for many it remains the key factor in their decision to go vegan and stay vegan. Having emotional attachments with animals may form part of that reason, while many believe that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. Specifics aside, avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal e

[Activism] There is one argument vegans can't debunk

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