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Veterinarians serve on the front lines working to prevent animal
suffering and abuse. For centuries, their compassion and expertise
have improved the quality of life and death for animals in their
care. However, modern interest in animal rights has led more and
more people to ask questions about the ethical considerations that
lie behind common veterinary practices. This Common Threads volume,
drawn from articles originally published in the Journal of Animal
Ethics (JAE), offers veterinarians and other interested readers a
primer on key issues in the field. Essays in the first section
discuss aspects of veterinary oaths, how advances in animal
cognition science factor into current ethical debates, and the rise
of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine and its
relationship to traditional veterinary medicine. The second section
continues with an essay that addresses why veterinarians have an
obligation to educate animal caregivers to look past "cuteness" in
order to treat all animals with dignity. The collection closes with
three short sections focusing on animals in farming, trade, and
research "areas where veterinarians encounter conflicts between
their job and their duty to advocate and care for animals.
Contributors: Judith Benz-Schwarzburg, Vanessa Carli Bones, Grace
Clement, Simon Coghlan, Priscilla N. Cohn, Mark J. Estren, Elisa
Galgut, Eleonora Gullone, Matthew C. Halteman, Andrew Knight, Drew
Leder, Andrew Linzey, Clair Linzey, Kay Peggs, Megan Schommer,
Clifford Warwick, and James W. Yeates.
Animal Ethics has long been a highly contested area with debates
driven by unease about various forms of animal harm, from the use
of animals in scientific research to the farming of animals for
consumption. Animal Ethics: The Basics is an essential introduction
to the key considerations surrounding the ethical treatment of
animals. Taking a thematic approach, it outlines the current
arguments from animal agency to the emergence of the `political
turn'. This book explores such questions as: Can animals think and
do they suffer? What do we mean by speciesism? Are humans special?
Can animals be political or moral agents? Is animal rights protest
ethical? Including outlines of the key arguments, suggestions for
further reading and a glossary of key terms, this book is an
essential read for philosophy students and readers approaching the
contested field of Animal Ethics for the first time.
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