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The Ethics of Animal Training

By Anthony Milligan

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Animal training sits toward the uncomfortably overt end of human dominance. It can involve familiar kinds of harms, but, as commentators such as Vicki Hearne and Donna Haraway have pointed out, it can also enhance animal contentment, capabilities and autonomy. However, unlike socialization, it is not a basic requirement for animal flourishing. The extent and circumstances under which it is legitimate are, consequently, an area for human-animal negotiation rather than a domain in which a strict paternalism is legitimate. The chapter adopts a broadly genealogical approach toward the ethics of training in order to illuminate both how humans have arrived at their current predicament of dominance over nonhuman creatures and the vague sense of unease that accompanies a broadly liberal response to it.


Mason N McLary

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Date 2017
Publication Title Pets and People
Pages 203-217
Publisher Oxford Univerity Press
Location of Publication Oxford, England
Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Ability
  2. Animal-assisted activities
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animals
  5. Animals in culture
  6. Animal welfare
  7. contentment
  8. Dominance
  9. Harm
  10. Health
  11. paternalism
  12. Pet ownership
  13. Pets and companion animals
  14. Social Environments
  15. Socialization
  16. training