TIERethik - Zeitschrift zur Mensch-Tier-Beziehung


Eating animals – Killing animals
Bernd Ladwig


Do sentient animals have an interest in staying alive? Applying a conception of interests based on goods, I try to show that, normally, death is an evil for animals. However, my argument does not rule out the possibility of a graduation of the interest of life. A human person is a “self” in a particularly strong sense of the term and might thereby have a particularly strong interest in staying alive. This in turn would morally justify to privilege human life over that of other animals in cases of serious moral conflict. But such a conflict does not exist simply because many humans today enjoy the taste of meat.


Keywords: animal rights, interest in life, persons