Professor: Miller H. Brown
Tom Regan, Carl Cohen, Peter Singer
Animal rights are one of the most controversial issues today. There has been endless debate about whether or not animals have rights. Philosophers attempt to come up with the moral conclusions by taking in account the many different standpoints and presenting their related arguments. In his essay "The case of animal rights", Tom Regan, a professor of philosophy at North Carolina State University, defends his view that the center of our moral concern should not bring the suffering on animal as well as treating animals in a certain way. In other words, we should treat animals as if they are our property. We should only use them to benefit us and hurting them is an action that is not morally justifiable. In addition, in his article "All Animal Are Equal", Peter Singer, an Australian philosopher, has many points which show us that we have responsibilities to protect animal rights.
Singer's argument in his essay gives us a great support to the argument that Reagan trying to discuss in terms of morally equal. In contrast, "The case of the use of animals in biomedical research" by Carl Cohen, a philosophy professor at University of Michigan Medical School, although he agrees with Regan's idea in terms of moral rights as well as practices that essentially involve harming animals are morally unjustified, he strongly supports for the use of animal in medical research, and scientific experiments to avoid risking human lives. "The case of animal rights", "all animal are equal" and "The case of the use of animals in biomedical research" introduce to us a new thinking about treating animals.
In his essay, Tom Regan points out theories are deficient in animals.