Peter Singer on Animal Liberation
" It would be nonsense to say that it was not in the interests of a stone to be kicked along the road... A stone has no interests because it cannot suffer. The capacity for suffering and enjoyment is, however, not only necessary, but also sufficient for us to say that a being has interests - at an absolute minimum, an interest in not suffering. A mouse, for example, does have an interest in not being kicked along the road because it will suffer if it is." -Peter Singer, Animal Liberation
Singer spills the truth about the cruel treatment of animals during factory farming in his book Animal Liberation. Singer states that animals can experience pain and pleasure in the same ways humans can. If animals are able to feel pain like humans, then people should not cause them to suffer. A concept Singer discusses is "speciesism," which is the belief that humans think they have the right to exploit animals because they are a different species. The way humans treat animals is compared to racism. Singer states, "Racists violate the principle of equality by giving greater weight to the interests of members of their own race when there is a clash between their interests and the interests of those of another race... Similarly, speciesists allow the interests of their own species to override the greater interests of members of other species." Singer believes we have come a long way, but thinks much more improvement is needed towards the treatment of animals.
"Animals have interests. When these are similar to ours, or their pain is on a similar level, why give them less consideration?" - Peter Singer