Shackelford, Todd K. (2018) Can they suffer?. Animal Sentience 23(4)
Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?
We should treat sentient nonhuman animals as worthy of moral consideration, not because we share an evolutionary history with them, but because they can suffer. As Chapman & Huffman (2018) argue, humans are not uniquely disconnected from other species. We should minimize the suffering we inflict on sentient beings — whether human or nonhuman — not because they, too, are tool-makers or have sophisticated communication systems, but because they, too, can suffer, and suffering is bad.
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