What do utilitarians say about the value of human life? Utilitarianism is a beautifully simple moral theory, but it turns out to be surprisingly hard to come up with a simple statement about the value of life, according to this view.
In particular, utilitarians don’t give a blanket answer, such as “all life is sacred”. For a utilitarian, life is presumably valuable because living things have utility. But some living things have more utility than others. And the impact of death on utility is different, depending on what sort of life is being lived by a human or other animal.