Faversham Stoa is a philosophy discussion group meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 7.30 to 9.30pm in the The Bull in Tanners Street. We cover a large range of topics. If you have an idea for a topic that you would like us to cover why not drop us a line? There's no charge for membership and everyone is welcome to drop in. Just bring your brain and some beer money!

Animals & Us

Cartoon We rear and kill animals for their meat and other products; we kill when they compete with us for food and habitat resources; we kill them for spreading disease or simply for irritating us; we keep them as pets; we train them to work for us and entertain us; we hunt them for sport as well as for food; we study them in their own right; and we experiment on them in order to improve human life. Animals obviously play a big part in human society and we exploit them for a wide range of purposes. Animal Rights campaigners argue that in treating animals as mere objects for satisfying human need we are no better than the racists who use to justify slavery by arguing that there was a fundamental moral difference between the black and white races. Aristotle even argued that there were some people who were 'natural slaves'. Are they right? Are those of use who eat meat and wear leather guilty of 'speciesism'?

General introductions to animal rights

Arguments in favour of animal rights

Arguments against animal rights

Some thought experiments

These thought experiments come from ulian Baggini's book The Pig Who Wants to be Eaten.

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