Should Human Life Be Valued Above Animal Life?

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Humans are the only species that can appreciate the beauty of the entire biosphere.

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  • Our species is the only one capable of building technology beyond simple tools, and of understanding abstract concepts & planning non-instinctually (rather than instinctive pseudo-planning behaviors such as bears going into hibernation).

  • Not all humans "appreciate the beauty" of the biosphere. Some wilfully harm it.

  • If we want to appreciate the beauty of the entire biosphere, we need to value animal life over human life sometimes in order to preserve that rich and diverse biosphere.

  • Humans can't appreciate the beauty of extreme deep sea which is part of our biosphere.

  • There is no evidence that animals do not appreciate the beauty of Earth. It is possible that they simply appreciate it in a different way than humans measure it.