In her new book, ‘Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals’, Harvard professor Christine Korsgaard argues that we are not inherently more important than other animals. Our own family is more important to us than our neighbour’s family, but that doesn’t mean that family is inherently less valuable than our own. The same applies to other animals.
Animals value their own lives to which they have as much right as we do to ours. They are sentient, conscious beings. What, then, are they doing on our plates?