THE BASIC ARGUMENT FOR ANIMAL RIGHTS*
- Animals count morally.
- They count morally because they have interests that matter – consciously – to them.
- Some of their interests are vital ones.
- To violate their vital interests in order to promote only non-vital interests of our own is to treat them as if they do not count morally.
- It is wrong to treat something that does count morally as if it does not count morally.
- Therefore, violating vital interests of animals to promote non-vital interests of ours is morally wrong.
- Many of the ways we currently treat animals involve violating their most vital interests in order to promote our non-vital interests.
Therefore, many of the ways in which we currently treat animals are morally wrong.