Summary of "The Case for Animal Rights"
Regan has two theories. The first he called "the cruelty-kindness view." This states that people should have a "direct duty to be kind to animals and a direct duty not to be cruel to them." He then goes on to explain the differences between kindness and cruelty and cites examples. His second theory is utilitarianism. He states that a utilitarian decides which option is most likely to bring the best results and "the best balance between satisfaction and frustration." The author then goes on talking about utilitarianism, giving examples, an analogy, and other problems with it.
The author argues inherent value. Regan points out animals should be able to experience life with inherent value of their own. Addressing commercial animal agriculture, the author declares "The fundamental moral wrong here is not that animals are kept in stressful close...