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Pets and protein: placing domestic livestock on hobby-farms in England and Wales

By L. Holloway

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This paper considers some of the ethical dimensions of human-animal relations in livestock farming, using the notion of 'situated morality' to examine hobby-farming as a particular set of social and agricultural practices in which farm animals are encountered simultaneously as 'friends' and sources of food. The paper considers how the socially constructed categories of 'livestock' and 'pet' become blurred in this marginal form of agricultural production. The paper draws on evidence from field research with hobby-farmers in England and Wales, UK, and on textual material, to demonstrate the ethical ambiguity of human-animal relations on hobby-farms. The paper shows how such relations are associated with specific discourses, practices and places, and demonstrates the importance of spatiality and embodiment in understanding situated moralities.

Date 2001
Publication Title Journal of Rural Studies
Volume 17
Issue 3
Pages 293-307
ISBN/ISSN 0743-0167
DOI 10.1016/S0743-0167(00)00045-0
Language English
Author Address Geography, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK.
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  1. Animal husbandry
  2. Attitudes
  3. British Isles
  4. Commonwealth of Nations
  5. Developed countries
  6. Ethics
  7. Europe
  8. Great Britain
  9. Livestock
  10. Livestock farming
  11. Mammals
  12. OECD countries
  13. peer-reviewed
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. Primates
  16. Relationships
  17. Social psychology and social anthropology
  18. social values
  19. sociology
  20. United Kingdom
  1. peer-reviewed