Again, so glad I'm vegan - wish everyone were! - Let's let the oceans rebuild - fish have been shown to be highly sentient and intelligent (with intelligence at the same level as nonhuman primates), using tools, forming complex social relationships, etc. Of course the FDA recommends you eat plenty of seafood - it assures plenty of profits for the meat-medical-pharmaceutical complex!
Quote: Will Tuttle
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Another quote about animals from Linda M.:
This reveals yet another point of confusion in Harris's thinking about animals-- how would he know if an alien he met had "richer experiences or mental capacities"? According to what criteria would he judge that? Human criteria, presumably.
But isn't that exactly what we do with animals? It's clear that animals do have richer experiences in many respects than humans do, with their often comparatively extended senses and countless abilities we don't have, such as the ability to fly, or swim underwater? And they often have higher mental capacities, in some respects, such as bees' and birds' ability to navigate. So Harris doesn't need to meet an alien to encounter someone who has "richer experiences and mental capacities" in some respects, than he does. Perhaps he should be bowing down to the entire animal kingdom. But rather than revering these abilities, as he says he would do, it's clear that he discounts these as unimportant, as people commonly do, because they are not the human-like types of cognitive ability that we privilege-- a form of speciesist prejudice.
So Harris is really saying that there is a moral hierarchy based on human-like cognitive abilities, which only we can judge to exist, rather than sentience alone--a huge error and harmful to humans and non-humans alike.