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Does an animals life value vary depending on its species? 

2,116 deviants said No..They are all the same and equally valuble
598 deviants said Yes...but it depends on the rarity of the animal... (endangered animals have more value than other more common species)
474 deviants said It depends... (comment)
458 deviants said Yes...It depends on its intelligence and/or potential towards life quality
369 deviants said Yes...I think certain animals lives have more value...(e.g domesticated animals, dogs, cats etc)

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Lycanamu Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Student
I think all life is equal, but if...

I'd see a viviparous lizard and a planarian worm going to die and I had to save one of them, I would save the lizard... Because it's capable of more emotions and such than the planarian, which doesn't even have a brain. But I must say, I'd hate to choose. That something is different from us doesn't make it any less worthy. A planarian worm might not have a brain, but I would never claim its life to be worthless. They're beautiful and unique creatures. We have no idea of what is it like to be one, neither the right to say they would be worse. But choosing which one's life to save, to me, depends of the consequences of it... If I save a child instead of a goat, more people will be happy and relieved.
The-Grey-Panther Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Value is relative, and sort of a man-made concept.
primenatorgirl217 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bugs, rats, possums, etc. have pretty much no value to me whatsoever. As far as I'm concerned, all cockroaches should die. Horrible deaths as far away from me as possible.
ToxicScythe Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
one of my freinds brought a pet hissing cockroach to my school and it got out of the cage and landed on one of my other freinds head! lol HHHHIIIIISSSSSSSSSSSSSS! (jk just wanted the image in your head!) :P
Mousenibbles Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
That's an interesting answer- I love all animals and try to be kind to even bugs. But I grew up with fire ants in texas (the kind that kill babies and stuff >_>) so whenever I come across an ant, I kill it. Quickly, without making it suffer.
Thimbles-Thursday Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think an animal's value depends entirely upon the value derived by humans. Dogs and cats, and other domestic pets, have a higher value because of the emotional or security they provide. Farm animals are valuable because of the food factor. Animals such as these will always hold more cultural significance to humankind than say a ubiquitous squirrel, or even an endangered species that has little symbolism or direct worth for humankind. That isn't to say humans would be callous towards a species' plight, but if it came down to the wire, they will always choose a more culturally significant animal's life over one they have no cultural stake in.
Thecommander236 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist
All of the above. Intelligence is important, but so is rarity. Certain animal like goldfish, which are surprisingly intelligent, are not treated right. Just because an animal is cute does not (or should not) give it higher standing than other more intelligent, "ugly" animals.
DragonOnigiri Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
certain animals seem useless to humans so i am not sure if we should kill them cuz i believe that animals are just as human as we are
MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh and I would like to add, it's pretty stupid to judge on intelligence/usefulness alone because by that logic all the idiots downtown should be used as garden fodder. Believe me, I've seen ants smarter then those idiots. :U
MileniaKitsuvee Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All life has equal value but sometimes, depending a situation, a life's value may be extended over another. For example, I do not value the life of ticks because they only cause harm to so many animals! Dogs, Cats, Birds, Deer, etc, can all get sick due to these parasites and die. Therefore I do not value their life even though their life is no different then another animal but since they cause only harm and difficulty for everyone, no one will suffer if they are gone/dealt with.
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