Why I Won’t Hurt Your Felines?

In Steven Hales (ed.), What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Cat. Open Court Publishing (2008)
Some philosophers (such as Kant and Rawls) think it is only wrong to be cruel to cats because it will make one behave cruelly to humans. This explanation is unsatisfactory. Why? Because being cruel to your cat is a direct wrong to your cat regardless of the effects it has on other humans. Ascribing the wrongness of cruelty to the fact it will make one callous to other humans is to assess the character of the cruel person not the act they are performing. Cruelty to your cat is wrong because it wrongs your cat directly.
Keywords Cruel  Animals  Kant  Rawls
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