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date: 17 August 2019

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This chapter examines different views about the significance of death for animals. It discusses the opinion of Jeremy Bentham that animals are “never the worse being dead” and Peter Singer's distinction between self-conscious and non-self-conscious animals. The chapter argues that the death of a merely sentient animal is morally significant because it prevents the existence of well-being, while the death of a self-conscious animal is personally significant.

Keywords: significance of death, animals, Jeremy Bentham, Peter Singer, self-conscious animals, well-being, sentient animal

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