Should Human Life Be Valued Above Animal Life?

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Some animals are endangered, and these should be favored over humans, which are not endangered.

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  • There are around eight billion humans alive on Earth.

  • The chance of human extinction is much lower than the chance of endangered species' extinction. Extinct species can no longer be researched and no longer lead to new results in organic chemistry and biology, reducing future human generation's benefit.

  • One example here could be the choice between saving the last of a (non-human) species and a human, in which case it might be more valuable to save a species rather than an individual.

  • Humans play a key role in preserving some endangered species.

  • Species die and have died for millennia. It is a natural course of a species and does not mean that species should be valued more than another.

  • Valuing a species simply based on number is irrational. We humans have more impact on the earth than any other, and we number far less than some insect species, which can't compare to our effect.

  • No species wants to be extinct, but there is no point valuing a species above another, as its from a human egocentric point of view.

  • Preserving the maximum number of species is not necessarily good.