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Does an animals life value vary depending on its species? 

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2,116 deviants said No..They are all the same and equally valuble
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598 deviants said Yes...but it depends on the rarity of the animal... (endangered animals have more value than other more common species)
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474 deviants said It depends... (comment)
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458 deviants said Yes...It depends on its intelligence and/or potential towards life quality
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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 General Artist
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.
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The-Grey-Panther Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Value is relative, and sort of a man-made concept.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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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Phantomet Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
50% of people voting here have never killed a cockroach. Riiiiight...:cynic:
Or! 50% of people voting here is eating panda-steak for dinner.
Anyway, the answer is obvious - cute & cuddly critters have more rights.
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dowhut Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think they're all worth the same, but realistically it's only the pretty or uncommon ones people are concerned with, in my opinion, and the inconvenient ones that get screwed (or not mass murdered, so... idk which option is better). I mean I dont see people going NOOO DONT KILL THE ANTS AND COCKROACHES. THOSE RATS AND LICE HAVE FAMILIES TOO.
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Alast Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
It depends on the one valuing it. Your fat cat can have a bigger value than a starving kids in Africa (on wich one do you spend the money?) But that counts the other way around too.

For me even if it sounds cruel the lives of animals are evenly valuable, because i hate sensles killing and i dont fear doing the killing if necesary, be it for food or because a decease. All i can do at that time is show respect to them.
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VisualSpiff Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Well I'd like to think they all have an equal value, but seeing as I'm not a vegetarian.. It would make me a hypocrite to say that considering I enjoy bacon and cheeseburgers but I would never eat a cat. I also think endangered species should get more attention so as to be saved.. So both of those options.
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To all the people who think all animals are equally important, humans are animals.
Why do you eat meat (If you're not vegetarian) that is produced cheaply where the animals suffer terribly? You wouldn't do that to a human, but wait we're all equally important? No, I guess we're not, all animals are not treated with equal importance, only non-human animals are put it in the slaughter house, and in zoos. We all think we're better than other animals.

And trust me, I KNOW you think humans are more important. Rather a close person die or some random non-human animal?
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ShadowOrkanum Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
i think they're all equally worthless
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol.
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sampleText Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
All lives have a certain base value but I think that it is really a sliding scale. For example, an ant has almost no brain, no pain receptors, and as a single unit almost useless to its colony, while also being one of a species that is so numerous that it out numbers the total number of mammals on the plant(or something like that). So, that single animal has a lower value, although I don't go out of my way to kill them. A dog, however, has a different set of values. There are many, but they have the ability to become emotionally involved, or to become food, or a useful tool in work. And to make them live up to their potential takes investment of time/money so they become more valuable the longer we have them. They also often function in packs so they are valued members of their group, while functional on their own.
In short, there are a whole lot of qualifiers that determine a value of an animal, however there is a base level of value. as a form af life their value can never equal zero.
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DarkBullet777 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
depends on the situation..... i love my hamburgers and i won't be giving up my chicken xD or my tuna....

but then, at the same time.... cows are valuable and chickens are valuable for food reasons, and pet reasons to some. =/ idk... its a mixed up bunch of circles.....
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eFOX-hun Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
In my view there's no difference between the life value of human or any other living creature... They're all equally valuable BUT... We should take more care of the endangered species, because its's our fault, that they're so rare. This can be good or bad but this's my own opinion.
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Balkeir Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Student General Artist
This is sort of a tricky question. I believe that all life is equal, whether you're a person, an animal, a plant, insects, etc.

However, I think society brands the value of certain animals as more than others, i.e. pets vs farm animals or factory animals (like cows and chickens, etc). And then of course you know wildlife preservationists would value endangered species more than those that are doing well. And many don't think about insects or plants, but those are living things with value as well.

Very interesting question. Got me thinking X)
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catqueen13 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I said it depends because I value all life. Except for things such as mosquitoes. Those could go extinct and I wouldn't care. But then dragonflies eat mosquitoes and I like dragonflies so.... That's a tough one.
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chloederv Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I cant find them all equal, even though I should.
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tsubasacorrupted Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
species dont matter lol there all alive equally
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Aryang Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I voted for rarity, but because I think it's really important to save endangered species. I don't think a rare bird's life is virtually more important than a common bird's life - they are both creatures of nature and must be treated with the same respect.
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phii-rob Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To be honest i don't really think its the species that determines the value of the life... in my opinion a life is valuable if the owner, so to speak, of that life is of good heart; which is not to say that a bad creature isn't valuable too. I think if they are bad and can better themselves then they are also just as valuable, but if they are bad and refuse to change then they are worthless.
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Silence808 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Student Photographer
it depends.
i love all animals and disagree with testing on animals were the animals are seriously harmed, but there are some species don't effect things much (food web/ecosystem) so can be thought of as ''less valuable'' by some.
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mizudatsurugi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I believe there is no such thing as value in anything to be honest. For me the concept of value is something that you think about yourself rather than something that actually exists.

So in reality all things have no value and are therefore equal. The moment when value is invested into an object is when a mind perceives it and decides on its value to the thinker. Therefore, in this sense the value of an animal, in my opinion, depends on the thinker (person).
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anti-tanX Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
I don't know whether to vote for 1st or 3rd choice. There's also 4th choice but I don't really care about insects or spiders.
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W1n5t0n114 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Certain creatures can't even feel pain really so I'd say it depends on the complexity of the animals mind and such
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KatKnight Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Spiders can die for all I care!


They're not animals? GOOD KILL THEM ALL!
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I-Love-Nigel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wish we all lived off of the land like way back in the day. lmao
Hunting, but respecting the animal that you kill. No big tall buildings...running around half naked. lol (Sorry, I was just watching the movie Apocalypto) :D
But, I think all animals (including humans) are equal. Yeah, sometimes it's hard not to kill a bug, but they are still important. (I really hate mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks though!)
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chloederv Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
"back in the day"
hahaha :D
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I-Love-Nigel Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah :D
lmao!
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bunniegrrl Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I said no. Whether human or animal, we ALL have the right to live, and ALL life is valuable (no matter if I hate snakes/spiders/roaches or not). I may hate hunters, but only the ones who kill OTHER THAN to eat. Anything otherwise is just cruel and wasteful.

Age and relationship doesn't matter to me - everything deserves to live, whether it's old or young; yours or someone else's. I actually heard a girl saying that someone killed ALL of her German Shepherds, including puppies, because he wanted to get to HER. For what reason he wanted her, I don't know.. but when she said that her dogs had been killed for that reason alone, my heart broke. No, I didn't know the girl.. no, the dogs weren't mine.. but I felt it.. and I was glad that the man was eventually killed (she shot him when he broke into her house, aiming to hurt her and/or her baby). It doesn't bring the dogs back or make her life better, but it made ME feel better because I knew the dogs had been defended in death.

So no.. everything deserves to have a life, even if it's not one of my personal favorites; human or animal.
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Sockmonger Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, we shouldn't torture animals, but human rights come before animal rights.
Animal's rights are very small, considering their intelligence is very far from ours.
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
All life is sacred and all, but I'm being honest when I say yes, because...cicadas. And cockroaches. And mosquitos. *shudders*
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Zinfer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
id say they're all generally of the same value, but id subjectively place more value on something i thought was cute over something i thought was disgsusting
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meowkittycat478 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
i myself am an animal lover but i still eat meat. i just don't think about it. i love more of wild animals and pets.
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Thefoxylady Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreed! but i have no value for some insects though.
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meowkittycat478 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
since they are insects, i thought they didn't count. i really don't like bugs. but i don't mind butterflies or lady bugs, and bees cuz they pollinate. lol
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Thefoxylady Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lolz yes they are!! :D :D :D :D They don't crawl into your house unannounced, they don't try to get in your hair while you're walking in public, and they don't crawl on you making you jump out of your skin! lolz
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meowkittycat478 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
lol xD exactly! i especialy hate mosquitos, flies, and all beetles.
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Thefoxylady Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG YES!!!
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meowkittycat478 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
yes indeed. lol. its funny how you can have a conversation on just annoying bugs. XD
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Thefoxylady Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lolz Yup! XD
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Discarbia Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they sould be the same, but if a kuala bear dies i get more sad then if a wolf dies (because they are cuter , and sadly thats true) and if a parot die i also get more sad becouse i have one myself
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Maka-A Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
More than saying that a domestic animals life is more valuable than for example a pig's one, in my opinion usually for us is all about if we interact with them, just because that becomes them closer and dearest to us. Nevertheless and although I would value the same a horse life with a dolphin one, I'd be liying if I say an insect life to me is the same as a bear or a bunny one :I
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Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
*sits here eating beef*
What?
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Blind-Sparrow Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Student Photographer
I would like to say all animals are worth the same. But if it came to saving my rabbits or someones hamster or dog, I'd go for my rabbits. Equally if it came to saving my rabbits or saving a snow leopard I still would save my rabbits. Endangered species should get priority attention in terms of making sure they don't disappear but it's hard to say what their value is. Like is it how much we value them? Or how much the ecosystem values them. Some ecosystem would thrive if boars were culled to a point where they're endangered, but does that mean we should cull them?... I dunno :P
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