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Ameliorating nonhuman animals' lives: Erin McKenna's pets, people, and pragmatism

By L. de T. Palop

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This review article discusses Erin McKenna's pragmatist theory concerning the ethical treatment of companion animals, which she lays out in Pets, People and Pragmatism. McKenna develops a middle-ground view between the two opposite positions that frame the current debate on companion animals, focussing on the relationship between human and nonhuman animal beings. I suggest that the question of whether the domestication of nonhuman animals is not only a natural process, but also a desirable one, still remains unclear.

Publication Title Journal of Animal Ethics
Volume 5
Issue 2
Pages 188-194
ISBN/ISSN 2156-5414
DOI 10.5406/janimalethics.5.2.0188
Language English
Author Address University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain.
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  1. Animals
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Behavior and behavior mechanisms
  4. Domestic animals
  5. Domestication
  6. Ethics
  7. Humans
  8. Livestock
  9. Mammals
  10. Men
  11. peer-reviewed
  12. Pets and companion animals
  13. Primates
  14. vertebrates
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