Viewing Non-Human Animals Morally: How Should we Approach our Relationship with Non-Human Animals and what are Potential Policy Changes we can Make? 公开

Williams, Tracy Maria (2013)

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When thinking about non-human animals, people either take the rights perspective or the welfare perspective. I argue that a newer school of thought, known as the new welfarist position, is the best way of thinking about non-human animals because it seeks to phase out the use of non-human animals raised for food and tested on in science through a more gradualist approach. I will argue that non-human animals are not capable of possessing rights, but because they are sentient beings that can be harmed, they are worthy of moral consideration in which their welfare and their preferences are taken into equal consideration. I will also examine factory farming and suggest potential policy changes that should be made to better the welfare of non-human animals raised for slaughter.

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Introduction………………………………………………………………………………….......................1-5

A History of the Animal Rights Debate………………………………………………................6-35

Animal Rights, Animal Welfare, and the Qualifications of a Rights Holder…….....36-50

Instrumental Value vs. Intrinsic Value Without Rights…………………………........…...50-72

A Look at Factory Farms and Potential Policy Change……………………………...........72-98

Closing Remarks………………………………………………………………………........................98-103


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