Source: The Wall Street Journal | Brooklyn Woman Found Guilty of Abusing 100 Rabbits | November ,21 2016 | http://www.wsj.com/articles/AP34f40486afae44b8a33c1cb66af04e28
Dorota Trec, a 36-year-old music teacher from Brooklyn, has been convicted on 100 counts of animal cruelty for abusing rabbits seized from a rabbit colony. She faces up to two years in jail and fines. A total of 176 rabbits were confiscated from her last year and had various injuries and sicknesses. Some of them had syphilis. Trec claims that the rabbits were injured while they were being confiscated from the lot where she kept them and says that she raised them to be wild and strong.
Utilitarians believe in a moral community. The moral community includes anyone or anything that can feel pain or pleasure. This means that rabbits, and all animals, belong to the moral community due to the fact that they can feel pain or pleasure. They also believe that actions are right and wrong in proportion to the happiness or suffering they produce and that the optimific action is the one that produces the greatest balance of good to bad consequences. In the above situation, Trec’s actions produced suffering among members of the moral community, the rabbits. Therefore, her actions were wrong, immoral, and not optimific actions. Kant believes the opposite of Utilitarians. He believes that animals do not belong to the moral community because they aren’t rational or autonomous. Therefore, the suffering the rabbit’s experienced due to Trec’s actions was not relevant due to the fact that the rabbits do not belong to the moral community. According to Kant, Trec’s actions were not immoral. I agree more with Utilitarians. I believe that animals do belong to the moral community and that animal cruelty is immoral.