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|Title:||Animals in Moral Space||Contributor(s):||Fox, Michael Allen (author); McLean, Lesley (author)||Publication Date:||2008||Handle Link:||https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/2183||Abstract:||The idea that nonhuman animals have some kind of moral status has hovered of the fringes of philosophical discourse for quite some time. Since the beginnings of both Western and Eastern thought, there have been voices willing to affirm that animals are unique beings that should be treated with decency and respect. Apart from the edicts of emperors and selective scripture injunctions, however, such precepts were kept alive by only a few eccentric thinkers until the enactment of the first humane (or anti-cruelty) statutes in various constituencies during the seventeenth century and those following. These regulations made minor inroads into human beings' consciousness of their abusive, exploitative and oppressive treatment of animals. But recently, some scholars have argued that even anti-cruelty laws regard animals for the most part as property, as things or, at best, as expendable resources that merely require some special handling in order to prevent what's designated as "unnecessary suffering" (i.e., suffering in excess of what is required in order to fulfill particular human goals). A growing number of people believe that this is not good enough: animals deserve to be the subjects of moral concern for their own sake. Consequently, in the past few decades there has been a variety of attempts to find a way to integrate nonhuman animals into the moral sphere.||Publication Type:||Book Chapter||Source of Publication:||Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World, p. 145-174||Publisher:||Wilfrid Laurier University Press||Place of Publication:||Waterloo, Canada||ISBN:||9780889205123
|Field of Research (FOR):||220101 Bioethics (human and animal)||HERDC Category Description:||B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book||Other Links:||http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/33827244
|Series Name:||Cultural Studies Series||Series Number :||8||Statistics to Oct 2018:||Visitors: 137
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