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The importance of communication between animals cannot be underestimated Through communication animals are able to concentrate on finding food avoiding their enemies mating and caring for their young The study of communication is a never ending fascination and a way to learn more about ourselves and the way we express our thoughts and information Humans are compulsive communicators and although we cannot out smell out run or out see many other animal species it is through our ability to communicate that we are able to separate ourselves from other species But it is also through such observation of animals that we find out precisely how much we actually do have in common with them and why we act the way we do with regard to animal treatment DeGrazia1991 argues that the value of a life depends on its quality its quality on its richness and its riches on its capacities and scope for enrichment Although animal life is typically not as rich and therefore not as valuable as human life some animals have lives that are more valuable than other animals and some animals have lives that are more valuable than some human lives This comparative value and quality of life analyses is the center piece of his account DeGrazia 1991 maintains that humans and animals life is valuable only under certain conditions It loses value when its valued components are stripped away As a life becomes progressively less valuable it has reduced moral standing that makes it increasingly more vulnerable to use in the riskier sides of behavioral research A human life can have the same value or less value than many forms of animal life and at any point an animal may take over a human on the comparative scale If for example the primate in training in a language laboratory has a richer life than the progressive Alzheimer patient the primate gains a higher moral standing than the Alzheimers patient and
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