McMahan begins his argument to do away with predation with the assertion that animals are in great agony when they are killed by predators. He doesn’t give any proof of this, but that might be because he is building off of Singer’s Animal Liberation. In Animal Liberation, Singer explains in detail how animals are capable of feeling pain and how similar their experience of pain is to the human experience. Then to connect Singer’s argument to McMahan’s point, one just has to have seen how prey is killed by predators. To witness a wolf ripping apart a rabbit while it is still breathing is to see pain being inflicted.
His second premise is that animal suffering is objectively bad, just like how human... View More »