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Pets and People – The Ethics of Companion Animals - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Pets and People: The Ethics of Companion Animals

Christine Overall


This book focuses on ethical issues connected to companion animals (“pets”), especially dogs and cats. Companion animals are both vulnerable to and dependent upon human beings. What kinds of human-animal relationships should humans seek to create? What responsibilities do humans owe to them, especially since they have the power and authority to make literal life-and-death decisions about them? And what might humans learn from cats and dogs about the nature and limits of their own morality? The book is divided into two parts. The first discusses the characteristics of moral relationships to com ... More

Keywords: companion animal, human-animal relationship, pet, animal reproduction, animal adoption, animal feeding, animal training, working animal, death and dying, animal euthanasia

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190456085
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456085.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine Overall, editor
Queen's University

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