Book Review: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is incredibly well researched, features a balanced and mixed source of opinions and expertise, and covers the entire spectrum of moral issues raised by animal agriculture. Safran Foer writes in an accessible and relatable way about the uncomfortable horrors of meat production, using touches of humour and urgency when appropriate…View Post

Revisiting the Euthanasia Debate: Why the Slippery Slope Argument Doesn’t Stack Up

Nazi-style euthanasia was an infamous form of euthanasia carried out by physicians in Nazi Germany. It involved the death of some 90,000 individuals and began with the killing of infants and children. These 90,000 victims were killed because of their physical and mental infirmities, which, according to Nazi doctors, made them unworthy of life. In…View Post

Why Animals Deserve the Right Not to Be Held in Captivity

When people hear the term ‘animal rights’, it can elicit a certain reaction, which will depend on your outlook. You may think it’s absurd and meaningless to ascribe rights to non-human animals, believing rights can only be afforded to people. Animal rights may also conjure up images of those who advocate for such – perhaps…View Post

Is Speciesism Like Racism?

Speciesism is discrimination on the grounds of species – or mistreating another creature because they belong to a different species than you. If a person claimed she had a right over a cow’s life just because she belonged to the species homo sapiens, then this would be an example of speciesism. The claim that a…View Post

Is It Immoral to Use Pack Animals for Trekking?

This is a question which interested me when I started noticing how in many countries, multi-day hikes often rely on the use of pack animals to carry gear and supplies. This isn’t always the case, of course. For example, during my 3-day hike on Mount Rinjani, the second-highest volcano in Indonesia, superhuman porters were employed…View Post