What animals should be assigned moral status? Some (like Peter Singer) draw the lines at crustaceans and shrimp? What about octopuses (octopi?) These creatures have remarkable intelligences including the ability to change their colour to suit their environment. They also have remarkable straightforward reasoning power in anthropocentric terms.
I liked this piece in the NY Review of Books. I thought it was going to be offbeat and humorous. It isn’t – it is a good read but it also has serious ethical intent. Simply put: We should not take a narrow anthropocentric view of the world when it comes to attaching moral consideration to non-human life. Humans don’t have it all.