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The Worst of Living Criminals

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“Animals are not moral beings: they have neither rights nor duties, they are not sovereign over their lives, and they can commit no crimes. If they were moral beings, then Kant’s categorical imperative would apply to them: it would be wrong to kill them, capture them, confine them, harm them, or curtail their freedom. But it would also be wrong for them to do these things. Lions would be murderers, cuckoos usurpers, mice burglas, and magpies thieves. The fox would be the worst of living criminals, fully deserving the death penalty which we from time to time administer.” – Roger Scruton

Source: On Hunting by Scruton

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Written by Agrammatos

July 21, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Posted in General

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