This is Professor Peter Singer. He believes animals have the same rights as human beings and some human lives are not worth saving. Now, in his new book he says we should all be asking ourselves what we could be doing to eradicate world poverty.
The onus is on people of the developed world – people like you and me, to dig deep into our pockets every month for those people who don’t have enough money.
His solution is to commit to giving a set amount of your salary based on your earnings, therefore challenging people where it hurts the most – your pockets. You can read the first part of the book here.
Poverty is an issue we look at again and again, and whether it’s aid to Africa or lack of education in developed countries, people always have very different opinions about how to solve these problems. Is the solution to poverty simply for EVERYONE, particularly in the developed world, to throw a percentage of their salary to good causes? Would you pledge to give away a percentage of your hard earned money? As Peter Singer puts it, if you buy a bottle of water everyday, you can afford to give to charity. Do you have a moral obligation to better the lives of those in poor countries?
He has also witten extensively on the relationship between humans and animals. He argues against speciesism, and for equal rights for human beings and animals, based on the theory that all beings suffer pain and humans shouldn’t discriminate against animals simply because they don’t belong to the same species. This he argues, is the same as racism or sexism. You can read more about his thoughts on human beings and animals here.
On Tuesday 24 November, Professor Singer will be on World Have Your Say and you can ask him about his views directly.