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Peter Singer

Date de naissance:6. juillet 1946

Peter Albert David Singer dit Peter Singer, né le 6 juillet 1946 à Melbourne, est un philosophe utilitariste australien. Il est titulaire de la chaire d'éthique de l'université de Princeton et professeur à l'université Charles-Sturt en Australie.

Il a travaillé à deux reprises dans la chaire de philosophie de l'université Monash , où il a créé le centre de bioéthique humaine. En 1996, il se présenta sans succès en tant que candidat Vert pour le Sénat australien. En 2004, il fut reconnu comme l'humaniste australien de l'année par le Conseil des sociétés humanistes australiennes. En dehors du milieu universitaire, Singer est surtout connu pour son livre La Libération animale, considéré comme le livre fondateur des mouvements modernes de droits des animaux. Ses positions sur des questions de bioéthique développées dans Rethinking Life and Death : The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics et Questions d'éthique pratique ont également suscité la controverse, notamment aux États-Unis et en Allemagne. Singer est partisan de l'altruisme efficace dont il décrit les principes dans The Life You Can Save et The Most Good You Can Do .

Citations Peter Singer

„As far as food is concerned, the great extravagance is not caviar or truffles, but beef, pork and poultry. Some 38 percent of the world's grain crop is now fed to animals, as well as large quantities of soybeans. There are three times as many domestic animals on this planet as there are human beings. The combined weight of the world's 1.28 billion cattle alone exceeds that of the human population. While we look darkly at the number of babies being born in poorer parts of the world, we ignore the over-population of farm animals, to which we ourselves contribute... [t]hat, however, is only part of the damage done by the animals we deliberately breed. The energy intensive factory farming methods of the industrialised nations are responsible for the consumption of huge amounts of fossil fuels. Chemical fertilizers, used to grow the feed crops for cattle in feedlots and pigs and chickens kept indoors in sheds, produce nitrous oxide, another greenhouse gas. Then there is the loss of forests. Everywhere, forest-dwellers, both human and non-human, can be pushed out. Since 1960, 25 percent of the forests of Central America have been cleared for cattle. Once cleared, the poor soils will support grazing for a few years; then the graziers must move on. Shrub takes over the abandoned pasture, but the forest does not return. When the forests are cleared so the cattle can graze, billions of tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. Finally, the world's cattle are thought to produce about 20 percent of the methane released into the atmosphere, and methane traps twenty-five times as much heat from the sun as carbon dioxide. Factory farm manure also produces methane because, unlike manured dropped naturally in the fields, it dies not decompose in the presence of oxygen. All of this amounts to a compelling reason... for a plant based diet.“

— Peter Singer
Practical Ethics

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