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On the human-animal boundary

By R. Cassidy

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This paper considers contemporary Western attitudes towards animals. Whilst many studies of human-animal relations look backwards to the inheritance of Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes and others, this paper looks to the future. I want to suggest another batch of possibilities that may serve as resources for thinking about the apparent human-animal boundary. These possibilities include Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE)/variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), xenotransplantation and transgenic animals.

Date 2001
Publication Title Anthrozoos
Volume 14
Issue 4
Pages 194-203
ISBN/ISSN 0892-7936
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/089279301786999364
Language English
Author Address The Anthropology Department, Goldsmiths College, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, UK.r.cassidy@gold.ac.uk
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  1. Anthrozoology
  2. Attitudes
  3. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
  4. Diseases
  5. Genetically engineered animals
  6. Genetically engineered organisms
  7. Genetically modified animals
  8. Genetically modified organisms
  9. Human-animal relationships
  10. Mad cow disease
  11. nervous system
  12. neuropathy
  13. pathogens
  14. peer-reviewed
  15. Pets and companion animals
  16. prions
  17. transgenics
  18. xenotransplantation
  19. Zoonoses
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