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You are a member of the country Eggonia's grand council on ethics. The country has been giving charge of deciding whether or not your country's citizen are morally obligated to send famine relief to the neighboring country of Furesia. In centuries past both countries have had thriving economies that were based on small egg laying mammals called the frazzles. During the summer the frazzles will migrate to Furesia where they would shed their fur. Furesians would collect the fur and sell them to neighboring countries. In the winter the frazzles would travel to Eggonia where they would mate and lay their eggs. Eggonians would then harvest and sell the eggs. A hundred or so years ago, the Eggonians discovered that they could capture the frazzles and keep them locked up in factories where the could produce eggs all year round (keeping in mind that that while in captivity, fur ceases to grow on the frazzles) while this resulted in a booming Eggonian Economy (roughly as prosperous as the current US economy), it also had the effect of bringing the Furesian economy to ruin. With almost no natural recourses, the Furesians have been undergoing a devastating famine that has cost millions of lives over the past fifty years.

A) Do you think that Eggonians have an obligation to the famine victims?

B) If you think that Eggonians have an obligation to famine victims appeal to the reasoning of Singer.

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Hi there! Thanks for the opportunity to help you; I hope this does so. ^_^

Firstly, you might want to consider that this question is an ethical one -- which means it could also be open to interpretation by your teacher. The question is: which option can you best argue for? And the answer to that is: the option that you most truly believe. Now, I do have to say the question ...

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The solution discusses a country's obligation.