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Distinguish between the two approaches to the aspect of moral status being assigned to animals.

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Distinguish between the two approaches to the aspect of moral status being assigned to animals.

Two basic ethical frameworks, utilitarian and deontological not only provide a sharp contrasting way of looking at questions of right and wrong, but also are the basis for two of today's most influential thinkers, Peter Singer and Tom Regan, proposing a higher moral status for animals. Even though their approaches are very different, their conclusions are similar in many aspects.

Utilitarian theories are based on the consequences of an action. The basic principle is utility or maximizing good and it believes that an action is right when it results in the greatest balance of good consequences for all affected parties. Balance is the key to ...

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