In my most recent published book, I defended a particular moral theory – my own version of deontological ethics – and then “applied” that theory to defend a particular moral claim: that other animals have an inherent right not to be eaten or otherwise used by humans.
But why just humans? Why don't they have an inherent right not to be eaten, period? Humans are not the only species that eats animals. And why do plants not have a similar right?