Hood, S. Brian and Giddens, Sophia (2019) Phenotypic similarity and moral consideration. Animal Sentience 23(35)
Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?
Identifying specific traits to justify according differential moral status to humans and non-human animals may be more challenging than Chapman & Huffman suggest. The reasons for this also go against their recommendation that we ought to attend to how humans and non-humans are similar. The problem lies in identifying the moral relevance of biological characteristics. There are, however, other reasons for treating non-human animals as worthy of moral consideration, such as the Precautionary Principle.
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