Singer uses the principle of equal consideration of interests to guide our practice concerning animals. Do you find this principle more or less convincing than Tom Regan’s use of the equal inherent value of moral agents and moral patients?

1. Consider the authors you have read thus far. Select two or three of them, and compare and contrast their fundamental views. Are there significant modifications you would make to any of their positions or arguments? Explain your answer. Finally, in the context of your conclusions, elucidate your thoughts about the moral status of animals.

2. Consider the claim that Regan and Singer place too much emphasis on reason? What role should sympathy and compassion play in our moral treatment of nonhuman animals? Explain your position.

3. Singer uses the principle of equal consideration of interests to guide our practice concerning animals. Do you find this principle more or less convincing than Tom Regan’s use of the equal inherent value of moral agents and moral patients? Explain your position.

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