Saturday, February 04, 2006

animal entitlements and dignity - Martha C Nussbaum

I wrote about about Professor Peter Singer on 12 April 2005.

Professor Martha C Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics has written an interesting book called Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership. In her book, Nussbaum writes about notions of social justice in the way that humans treat animals.

There is also an interesting article by her in The Chronicle Review which is rather academic (she talks about Kantian theories). But there is a link to an online discussion on animal rights.

An influential ethics professor thinking and discussing animal rights is a good thing. It adds to the work of Peter Singer. It is such a shame that this sort of thinking aren't even considered remotedly by global fast food companies which think certain animals are just a commodity. See PeTA's KFC campaign - Kentucky Fried Cruelty.

*As always, please check out Cooper and Camilla who always have interesting things to say.


Today was a much more pleasant day. I even had an afternoon nap with my human on the couch! I love snuggling and resting my chin on his chest, and discussing world affairs.

We watched the first episode of the new (second) season of Lost taped from Thursday night. My human has decided that it is best to tape this to fast forward all the adverts and boring bits.

I, on the other paw, have decided that it is a very silly show. Last year, I wrote about all the flaws in the research (like airports, and shrimp sellers etc). The BIGGEST flaw in the show is that, despite being 1,500 km off course, no government would abandon a search (even for the wreckage) of a large passenger aircraft, particularly as most of the passengers are American. Not only that, surely the black box has a transponder. And the most obvious thing is that the fuselage was on the beach of that island, highly visible, so why hasn't satellite imagery picked it up? There is simply no logic in it at all.

Science fiction, supernatural and horror on the other hand are all make believe. Or are they?

Lastly, I want to boast that I was given sirloin steak for dinner. FINALLY!


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