Animal ethics

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This chapter describes and discusses different views concerning our duties towards animals. First, we explain why it is necessary to engage in thinking about animal ethics and why it is not enough to rely on feelings alone. Secondly, we present and discuss five different kinds of views about the nature of our duties to animals. They are: contractarianism, utilitarianism, the animal rights view, contextual views, and a respect for nature view. Finally, we briefly consider whether it is possible to combine elements from the presented views, and how to make up one’s mind.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnimal welfare
EditorsMichael C. Appleby, Joy A. Mench, I. Anna S.. Olsson, Barry O. Hughes
Number of pages12
PublisherCABI Publishing
Publication date2011
ISBN (Print)978-1-84593-659-4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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