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August 21, 2019 - Vox

There’s no conflict between human and animal rights

There’s no conflict between human and animal rights
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Compassion seems to beget compassion.

New research from Harvard’s Yon Soo Park and Dartmouth’s Benjamin Valentino, entitled Animals Are People Too: Explaining Variation in Respect for Animal Rights found that concern for human suffering seemed to feed concern for animal suffering, and vice versa. It’s the suffering, not the species, that matters to many.

If you care about animal rights, you’ll inevitably run into a wall of whataboutism. What about homelessness? Or racism? Or sexism? Why are you wasting your time on chickens when so many human beings are suffering? Whataboutism is a rhetorical strategy meant to paralyze, not persuade.

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