Individuals Matter: Dilemmas and Solutions in Conservation and Animal Welfare Practices in Zoos
| Contributor(s):: Clay, Anne Safiya, Visseren-Hamakers, Ingrid J.
Compassionate conservation advocates for minimizing individual suffering in conservation practice and adheres to the principle “individuals matter”—intrinsically, in and of themselves. Our objective is to determine the extent to which, and how, zoos recognize the intrinsic value...
Ballot Measures and Subversion of Direct Democracy: Initiatives to Outlaw Aerial Wolf Killing in Alaska
| Contributor(s):: Simon, Alexander, Clark, Steven C.
Party for Animals: Introducing Students to Democratic Representation of Nonhumans
| Contributor(s):: Kopnina, Helen
Kantian ethics and the animal turn. on the contemporary defence of Kant's indirect duty view
| Contributor(s):: Camenzind, S.
Criticism of Kant's position on our moral relationship with animals dates back to the work of Arthur Schopenhauer and Leonard Nelson, but historically Kantian scholars have shown limited interest in the human-animal relationship as such. This situation changed in the mid-1990s with the...
Free-Riders in the Nonprofit Industrial Complex: The Problem of Flexitarianism
| Contributor(s):: Wrenn, C. L.
Canine Rescue as a Social Movement: The Politics of Love
| Contributor(s):: Peterson, A. L.
At Both Ends of the Leash: Preventing Service-Dog Oppression Through the Practice of Dyadic-Belonging
| Contributor(s):: Devon MacPherson-Mayor, Cheryl van Daalen-Smith
There is a growing interest in the “use” of service-dogs to enable people with disabilities to navigate the world more independently in North American culture. On the surface, while this may appear to be progress, the question remains, for whom? While there is evidence that the...
Using Focus Groups to Explore Public Perceptions of Legal Rights for Animals
| Contributor(s):: Broad, Garrett M.
A robust debate regarding the ideal legal status of nonhuman animals has been taking place for some time among legal scholars, philosophers, animal scientists, social scientists, and humanists. Significantly less attention has been paid, however, to exploring how members of the public...
“Animals Like Us”: Identifying with Nonhuman Animals and Support for Nonhuman Animal Rights
| Contributor(s):: Plante, Courtney N., Reysen, Stephen, Roberts, Sharon E., Gerbasi, Kathleen
While anthropomorphizing nonhuman animals has been shown to increase identification with them and, by extension, concern for their wellbeing, little research has directly tested whether identifying with nonhuman animals is similarly associated with concern for their wellbeing. We tested...
Anthropomorphizing Dogs: Projecting One's Own Personality and Consequences for Supporting Animal Rights
| Contributor(s):: Brown, Christina M., McLean, Julia L.
The purpose of this paper was twofold: First, to test if people project their own personality traits onto dogs, and second, to examine if considering the psychological state of dogs increases support for animal rights more broadly. In studies 1 and 2, participants read descriptions of dog...
Political conservatism and the exploitation of nonhuman animals: An application of system justification theory: GPIR GPIR
| Contributor(s):: Hoffarth Mark, R., Azevedo, Flávio, Jost, John T.
Evidence of Sexism and Male Privilege in the Animal Liberation/Rights Movement
| Contributor(s):: Lisa Kemmerer
Tom Regan: A Visionary Changing the World
| Contributor(s):: Carolyn Bailey
Animal Rights and Incredulous Stares
| Contributor(s):: Bob Fischer
I propose an analogy between the thesis that animals have rights and David Lewis's commitment to modal realism. I argue that just as Lewis received incredulous stares that seem to justify rejecting his metaphysical hypothesis, so the thesis that animals have rights can be reasonably...
Review of Engel's and Comstocks The Moral Rights of Animals
| Contributor(s):: Mark Bernstein
A brief review of Engel's and Comstock's The Moral Rights of Animals.
Are Illegal Direct Actions by Animal Rights Activists Ethically Vigilante?
| Contributor(s):: Michael P. Allen, Erica von Essen
Constructed as terrorist, illegal direct actions by animal rights activists have become the subject of draconian law enforcement measures in the US and UK. Some scholars respond to this phenomenon by interpreting such actions to protect vulnerable animals not as terrorist but civilly...
Xenotransplantation, Subsistence Hunting and the Pursuit of Health: Lessons for Animal Rights-Based Vegan Advocacy
| Contributor(s):: Nathan M. Nobis
I argue that, contrary to what Tom Regan suggests, his rights view implies that subsistence hunting is wrong, that is, killing animals for food is wrong even when they are the only available food source, since doing so violates animal rights. We can see that subsistence hunting is wrong on...
Demystifying Animal Rights
| Contributor(s):: Mylan Engel Jr.
According to the mysteriousness objection, moral rights are wholly mysterious, metaphysically suspect entities. Given their unexplained character and dubious metaphysical status, the objection goes, we should be ontologically parsimonious and deny that such entities exist. I defend Tom...
Harming (Respectfully) Some to Benefit Others: Animal Rights and the Moral Imperative of Trap-Neuter-Release Programs
| Contributor(s):: Cheryl E. Abbate
Because spaying/neutering animals involves the harming of some animals in order to prevent harm to others, some ethicists, like David Boonin, argue that the philosophy of animal rights is committed to the view that spaying/neutering animals violates the respect principle and that Trap Neuter...
Nozick's Libertarian Critique of Regan
| Contributor(s):: Josh Milburn
Robert Nozick’s oft-quoted review of Tom Regan’s The Case for Animal Rights levels a range of challenges to Regan’s philosophy. Many commentators have focussed on Nozick’s putative defence of speciesism, but this has led to them overlooking other aspects of the critique....