Should Human Life Be Valued Above Animal Life?

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It is well-known that eventually the sun will expand and engulf the Earth, eliminating all life on it. Humanity is the best hope of creating the technology to ensure continued existence of the rare life on Earth far into the future.

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  • More pressingly than the threat posed by the sun, a mass (or even a complete) extinction could be caused by meteors, volcanoes, viruses, or perhaps future human-like life. Currently only humankind's technology and organizational abilities could prevent or anticipate such a threat.