To what extent do you think that animals should be given rights equal or comparable to humans? How do you justify our human division between the rights of animals and humans? If our rights are based on our human ability to reason, does that mean that children and humans who have severe mental retardation or reasoning disabilities should not be given the same rights as fully reasoning adult humans? If our rights are based on our ability to feel pleasure and pain as the utilitarians suggest, does that mean that animals should have the same rights as humans because they have the same ability for pleasure and pain as we do? What does the question of animal rights mean for eating animals or how we raise our livestock according to this week s video selections?