Is it less immoral to torture animals than to torture humans? When thinking about the moral status of animals, the question is not "Can they reason?", nor "Can they speak?" but "Can they suffer?". I the ability of animals to feel pain and pleasure puts them on a plane of moral equivalence with us. Whether or not animals can express their feelings with worrds, or solve differential equations, they, like us, feel pain, and we therefore have an obligation not to cause them needless suffering. All forms of "speciesism" is wrong, and exposing animals to unnecessary suffering is not any better than other forms of discrimination, like sexism or racism. We shouldn't believe that we can exploit animals merely because they do not belong to the species homo sapiens. That's my opinion as an utilitarian. What's your opinion?