Colombo, Matteo (2018) How to foster respect for animals? Superiority, dissimilarity, and prejudice. Animal Sentience 23(9)
Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?
Chapman & Huffman (C & H) might be taken to argue as follows: Humans may treat animals however they want only if humans are superior to animals. But humans are not superior to animals. Therefore, humans may not treat animals however they want. Whatever its merit, this is not C & H’s actual argument. Their point, instead, is that humans often mistreat animals because they tend to perceive them as inferior. A remedy for animal mistreatment would then be acknowledging the deep similarities between us and animals. But is C & H’s suggested remedy likely to be effective to foster respect for animals?
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