ASPCA Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty

Pledge to Fight Animal Cruelty

Sunday, July 8, 2007

My Dog or Your Child?

Too often, animal rights advocates (ARAs) are challenged with the hysterical hypothetical of the "burning house dilemma." It runs something like this: If you were caught in a burning house, were running out the door to save your life, and only had time enough to save a dog in one room and a human being in another, which would you choose? ...

Clearly, to answer the burning house question at all, we have to break it down in order to specify concretely and in various situations: Just who is the dog and who is the human between whom we have to choose? The burning house question cannot be answered in the abstract; one's answer to it will–or at least should–vary according to the specific being occupying the abstract placeholders of "dog" and "human being." I say should vary, knowing that the speciesist will, no matter what, favor the human over the dog.

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1 comment:

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