Thursday, 21 March 2013

Peter Singer: Religion's Regressive Hold on Animal Rights

In this 2010 article from the Guardian, Peter Singer (who one of my University lecturers referred to rather sniffily as a "minor ethicist") discusses the influence of religious views on our attitudes to animals. 

Last week, the chief minister of Malacca, Mohamad Ali Rustam, was quoted in the Guardian as saying that God created monkeys and rats for experiments to benefit humans...

The chief minister's comment is yet another illustration of the generally regressive influence that religion has on ethical issues – whether they are concerned with the status of women, with sexuality, with end-of-life decisions in medicine, with the environment, or with animals. Although religions do change, they change slowly, and tend to preserve attitudes that have become obsolete and often are positively harmful.

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