The Moral Worth of Animals: Are Humans Morally Superior?

The other day I went deep sea fishing off the coast of Panama City, FL. Aside from the sea-sickness, it was a great experience. The highlight was seeing an enormous sea turtle playfully surface for air. Most species of Florida sea-turtle are endangered. Seeing one for the first time made me realize more deeply the value of preserving this animal. By the end of the trip, I had caught three Red Snapper. These weren’t majestic like the sea-turtle. Nevertheless, it seemed wrong to toss them in a bucket and let them die slowly after reeling them in. I felt a…