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The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics

1st Edition

Edited by Bob Fischer


584 pages | 27 B/W Illus.

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There isn’t one conversation about animal ethics. Instead, there are several important ones that are scattered across many disciplines.This volume both surveys the field of animal ethics and draws professional philosophers, graduate students, and undergraduates more deeply into the discussions that are happening outside of philosophy departments. To that end, the volume contains more nonphilosophers than philosophers, explicitly inviting scholars from other fields—such as animal science, ecology, economics, psychology, law, environmental science, and applied biology, among others—to bring their own disciplinary resources to bear on matters that affect animals.

The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics is composed of 44 chapters, all appearing in print here for the first time, and organized into the following six sections:

I. Thinking About Animals

II. Animal Agriculture and Hunting

III. Animal Research and Genetic Engineering

IV. Companion Animals

V. Wild Animals: Conservation, Management, and Ethics

VI. Animal Activism

The chapters are brief, and they have been written in a way that is accessible to serious undergraduate students, regardless of their field of study. The volume covers everything from animal cognition to the state of current fisheries, from genetic modification to intersection animal activism. It is a resource designed for anyone interested in the moral issues that emerge from human interactions with animals.


"A wonderful collection of well-informed and diverse perspectives on some of the most interesting and important topics in contemporary animal ethics. Highly recommended."

Ben Bramble, University of Liverpool

Table of Contents

Introduction Bob Fischer

Part I: Thinking about Animals

1. Psychological Mechanisms Involved in Human– Animal Interactions: How Do Humans Cognize About Animals

Catherine Amiot and Brock Bastian

2. Understanding the Moral Implications of Morgan’s Canon Maria Botero

3. Animal Intelligence John Pearce

4. The Emotional Lives of Animals Tina Horback

5. Animal Self-Awareness: Types, Distribution, and Ethical Significance David DeGrazia

6. The Moral Animal Mark Rowlands

7. Quantifying Animal Well-Being and Overcoming the Challenge of Interspecies Comparisons Mark Budolfson and Dean Spears

8. Cost-Effectiveness in Animal Health: An Ethical Analysis Govind Persad

Part II: Animal Agriculture and Hunting

9. The Origins of Factory Farming in the United States: An Overview James McWilliams

10. The Economics of Intensive Animal Agriculture F. Bailey Norwood

11. Animal Welfare—Is Intensification the Problem? Joy Mench

12. Intensive Animal Agriculture and the Environment Lisa Kemmerer

13. Intensive Animal Agriculture and Human Health Jonathan Anomaly

14. Seafood Ethics: Reconciling Human Well-being with Fish Welfare Mimi Elizabeth Lam

15. Small-Scale Animal Agriculture Donald Bruckner

16. Subsistence Hunting Raymond Anthony and Gary Varner

Part III: Animal Research and Genetic Engineering

17. Institutionalized Ethical Assessments of Animal Experiments Bernice Bovenkerk and Lonneke Poort

18. Animal Models: Problems and Prospects Pandora Pound

19. Applied Ethics in Animal Experimentation Larry Carbone

20. Genetic Engineering of Nonhuman Animals Adam Shriver

21. Building Ethical De-extinction Programs: Considerations of Animal Welfare in Genetic Rescue Ben Novak

Part IV: Companion Animals

22. From Pets to Companion Animals: A History Katherine Grier

23. The Ethics of Domestication Jessica du Toit

24. The Ethics of Keeping Pets Jessica Pierce

25. The Ethics of Companion Animal Euthanasia Christine Overall

26. Links Between Violence Against Humans and Nonhuman Animals: Examining the Role of Adverse Family Environments Shelby Elaine McDonald

Part V: Wild Animals: Conservation, Management, and Ethics

27. Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Integrated Species Conservation Mark Gusset

28. The Educational Value of Zoos: An Empirical Perspective Nancy Staus

29. Moral Arguments Against Zoos Karen S. Emmerman

30. Defensible Zoos and Aquariums Clare Palmer, Hamish Morrin, and Peter Sandøe

31. Killing for conservation: Ethical considerations for controlling wild animals Sara Dubois

32. Ethical dimensions of invasive animal management Tim S. Doherty and James C. Russell

33. Property, Regulation, and Endangered Species Conservation Steven McMullen

34. The Laissez-Faire View: Why We’re Not Normally Required to Assist Wild Animals Clare Palmer

35. Welfare Biology Catia Faria and Oscar Horta

36. Wild Animals as Political Subjects John Hadley

Part VI: Animal Activism

37. The History of Animal Activism: Intersectional Advocacy and the American Humane Movement Janet M. Davis

38. The Political and Cultural Sociology of Animal Advocacy Erin M. Evans

39. Beyond Compare: Intersectionality and Interspecieism for Co-Liberation with Other Animals Nekeisha Alayna Alexis

40. Political Lobbying for Animals Joanna Grossman

41. Effective Animal Advocacy Jeff Sebo

42. Cultured Meat: A New Story for the Future of Food Max Elder

43. Veganism, (Almost) Harm-Free Animal Flesh, and Nonmaleficence: Navigating dietary ethics in an unjust world Cheryl Abbate

44. Animal Sanctuaries Elan Abrell

About the Editor

Bob Fischer is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Texas State University. He is the author of The Ethics of Eating Animals (Routledge, 2019) and Animal Ethics: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge, 2020).

About the Series

Routledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics

Applied ethics is one of the largest and most diverse fields in philosophy and is closely related to many other disciplines across the humanities, sciences and social sciences. Routledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics are state-of-the-art surveys of important and emerging topics in applied ethics, providing accessible yet thorough assessments of key fields, themes, thinkers, and recent developments in research.

All chapters for each volume are specially commissioned, and written by leading scholars in the field. Carefully edited and organized, Routledge Handbooks in Applied Ethics provide indispensable reference tools for students and researchers seeking a comprehensive overview of new and exciting topics in applied ethics and related disciplines. They are also valuable teaching resources as accompaniments to textbooks, anthologies, and research-orientated publications.


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