Illustrations for animal rights, animal ethics, welfare & conservation
29 March 2014
How Does Painism Help Us?
Pain, Painism and Utilitarianism
Painism is a guide to moral action and states that: PAIN is
all forms of suffering; THE CAPACITY to feel pain is the only morally relevant
interest; MORAL ACTION is based on abating the pain of individuals who suffer
the most; INDIVIDUALS feeling the same amount of pain get equal consideration
whatever their species;PAINISM is
universal ie applies to every creature everywhere at all times in every
situation. Richard D Ryder devised painism so as not to make a minority suffer
for the sake of a majority, as in the moral theory utilitarianism.