"Nobody Wants to Eat Them Alive:" Ethical Dilemmas and Dual Media Narratives on Domestic Rabbits as Pets and Commodity
Contributor(s):: Gayane F. Torosyan, Brian Lowe
Using semiotic analysis, this study explores changes occurring in the societal perception of rabbits as farm animals as juxtaposed to their increasing popularity as domestic companions. This study is based on a preliminary hypothesis that rabbits are increasingly perceived and portrayed in media...
Ameliorating nonhuman animals' lives: Erin McKenna's pets, people, and pragmatism
Contributor(s):: Palop, L. de T.
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,...
Are nonhuman animals persons? A process theistic response
Contributor(s):: Dombrowski, D. A.
In this article I defend the claim that nonhuman animals can be persons. In this regard I rely on the thought of neoclassical or process theists like Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Hartshorne. Their moderate stance regarding personhood is in contrast to the influential classical theistic...
Breed differences in everyday behaviour of dogs
Contributor(s):: Asp, H. E., Fikse, W. F., Nilsson, K., Strandberg, E.
The domestication of the dog and the ensuing breed creation has resulted in a plethora of dog breeds that differ not only in morphology but also in terms of behaviour. In addition, a majority of the dogs today are no longer utilized for their working ability, but are mainly kept as companion...
Farm animal welfare and children: a preliminary study building an attitude scale and evaluating an intervention
Contributor(s):: Lakestani, N., Aguirre, V., Orihuela, A.
Children are future consumers; they will impact future animal welfare standards. This pilot study evaluated a nonhuman animal welfare education program, building a farm animal attitude questionnaire for 8- to 10-year-old children. The educational material focused on the behaviors and needs of...
How science fiction helps us reimagine our moral relations with animals
Contributor(s):: Clements, J.
Science fiction has often been at the forefront of popular renderings and exploration of various "subaltern" groups, including that of nonhuman animals. I argue that science fiction's freedom from the boundaries of what is currently possible allows writers such as Mary Shelley, H. G. Wells,...
Lucretius's venus and epicurean compassion toward nondomesticated animals
Contributor(s):: Lazo, R. P. S.
Lucretius believed that the gods were wholly perfect and self-sufficient, not vengeful and requiring appeasement. He believed contemplation of the gods allowed one to reach a similar state, as it clarified what was important for a successful human life. This article intends to examine how this...
Pastoral power and the limits of Victorian nonhuman animal protection
Contributor(s):: Feuerstein, A.
This paper argues that the Christian discourse disseminated by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (rspca) in the early Victorian period represents nonhuman animals as complicit in their own subjection. Using Foucault's notion of pastoral power - a power of care - we can...
Peter Singer, Emmanuel Levinas, Christian Agape, and the spiritual heart of Animal Liberation
Contributor(s):: Greenway, W.
This article affirms Peter Singer's calls for universal benevolence and for animal liberation. Singer, however, is unable to provide grounds for his ethics and is unable to answer the question, "why act morally?" I suggest Jewish philosopher Emmanuel Levinas unfolds an essentially Christian...
Recreational horse welfare: the relationships between recreational horse owner attributes and recreational horse welfare
Contributor(s):: Hemsworth, L. M., Jongman, E., Coleman, G. J.
In recent years the welfare of recreational horses has become an increasingly important issue, as evident by their high representation in welfare investigations around the world, however, little is known about the welfare of horses used in this capacity. The scientific literature concerning...
Response to "Vulnerability, Dependence, and Special Obligations to Domesticated Animals" by Elijah Weber
Contributor(s):: Palmer, C.
This paper responds to Elijah Weber's "Vulnerability, Dependence, and Special Obligations to Domesticated Animals: A Reply to Palmer". Weber's paper develops significant objections to the account of special obligations I developed in my book Animal Ethics in Context (Columbia University Press,...
Taking responsibility for cloning: discourses of care and knowledge in biotechnological approaches to nonhuman life
Contributor(s):: Carey, J. L. W.
This article examines the practice of animal cloning in relation to discourses of care and responsibility, in particular a common cultural interpretation of care theorized by Michel Foucault. This interpretation figures care as a "pastoral" relation premised in essential differences between...
The inseparability of science and ethics in animal welfare
Contributor(s):: Rollin, B. E.
This article discusses the application of ethical principles in animal welfare in all fields of scientific research and advancement. The ethical components of animal welfare in the use of animals in animal production, policy-making, research, laboratories and genetic engineering are highlighted.
Traversing the gap between religion and animal rights: framing and networks as a conceptual bridge
Contributor(s):: Austin, R. L., Flynn, C. P.
Historically, Judeo-Christian doctrine has been used to justify the mistreatment of nonhuman animals through the "dominion" view of human superiority. Linzey and others have questioned this perspective, suggesting that critical tenets of religion, and particularly Christianity, support the...
Vulnerability, dependence, and special obligations to domesticated animals: a reply to Palmer
Contributor(s):: Weber, E.
Clare Palmer has recently argued that most humans have special obligations to assist domesticated animals, because domestication creates vulnerable, dependent individuals, and most humans benefit from the institution of domestication. I argue that Palmer has given us no grounds for accepting this...
Willed blindness: a discussion of our moral shortcomings in relation to animals
Contributor(s):: Gjerris, M.
This article describes how we seem to live in a willed blindness towards the effects that our meat production and consumption have on animals, the environment and the climate. A willed blindness that cannot be explained by either lack of knowledge or scientific uncertainty. The blindness enables...
An exploration of archaeological representation: People and the domestic dog on the Great Plains of North America
Contributor(s):: Lovata, Troy Randall
Diferencias en estres percibido, salud mental y fisica de de acuerdo al tipo de relacion humano-perro
Contributor(s):: González Ramírez, Mónica Teresa, René Landero, Hernández
"Zwartje", "Flight of Delight" and "Chikai": Borrowed Names for Animals in Sweden
Contributor(s):: Katharina Leibring
This paper deals, from a Swedish point of view, with names for domestic animals that have been borrowed from other language areas and other cultures during the last two or three centuries. There are several different reasons for animals having or being given foreign names. These include...
Contributor(s):: MacKinnon, Michael, Campbell, Gordon Lindsay