that it springs from a form of environmentalism ("deep ecology") based on a Romantic concern for the rights of animals and even plants (often as species rather than as individuals), rather than on conservation of resources for the long-term benefit of humanity.
I'm against deep ecology and don't think "species" should have rights. In fact I think we should destroy as much of the wilderness as can be sustainable. Because nature is plain evil. But I have strong support for animal liberation too because I think humans and animals are fundamentally equal (in a Singerian
sense) and think their suffering should be absolutely minimized. As long as we use animals, they will suffer. And this matters to me much more than the trivial pleasures we use them for. But as far as animal research goes, I'm more ambivalent. But since I strongly believe severely mentally disabled humans are equal to animals are equal to normal adult humans, I tend to be against it on moral grounds too.
edited 22nd May '11 10:50:34 PM by LoveHappiness