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Humans, Horses, and Hybrids : On Rights, Welfare, and Masculinity in Equestrian Sports

By Kutte Jonsson

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Abstract

The fact that horses play an essential role for equestrian sports raises rather specific ethical concerns. Questions like what should be morally permissible to do to (non-consenting) nonhumans for the sake of human interests become urgent. Is it not an example of (animal) rights violation to force nonhumans taking part of sport? However, in this article I argue, from a radical egalitarian point of view, that it is possible to defend the existence of equestrian sports, but not unconditionally. I suggest that it is the masculinity norms in the sports culture that compromise the already complicated relationship between humans and animals, and therefore become an obstacle for the vision of equality between humans and nonhumans.

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Katie Carroll

Date 2012
Publication Title Scandinavian Sport Studies Forum
Volume 3
Pages 21
ISBN/ISSN 2000-088X
Publisher Malmo hogskola, Idrottsvetenskap
URL http://hdl.handle.net/2043/13650
Language English
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals in culture
  4. Animal sports
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Equestrians
  7. Equine sports
  8. Ethics
  9. Horses
  10. Human-animal relationships
  11. Mammals
  12. Masculinity
  13. morality
  14. Pets and companion animals