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Pandemics, Liberation, and Animal Ag: An Interview With Peter Singer

Peter Singer: I think very few people really defend factory farming from an animal welfare point of view. Most people say probably I should try and avoid those products.

MIKKO JARVENPAA: What are our duties towards others, especially those who are less fortunate than us? Who are such others, and how can we do the most good for them? Philosopher Peter Singer has worked on such questions for decades. Singer is one of the most influential ethicists in the world and has gained this highly visible and sometimes controversial standing due to his focus on two major areas: the lives of non-human animals, and questions concerning human lives at the margins of human experience.

Since the first publication of his book Animal Liberation in 1975, Singer has been a key thinker and leader in the animal protection movement. Multiple editions of his book have been published in the last 45 years. Outside of academic philosophy, Singer’s work has also been instrumental in informing and championing effective altruism. Peter Singer serves as the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Mikko Järvenpää interviewed Peter Singer in April of 2020. SOURCE…


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