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Pets and PeopleThe Ethics of Companion Animals$
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Christine Overall

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190456085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456085.001.0001

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The Ethics of Animal Training

The Ethics of Animal Training

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Pets and People

Tony Milligan

Oxford University Press

Animal training sits toward the uncomfortably overt end of human dominance. It can involve familiar kinds of harms, but, as commentators such as Vicki Hearne and Donna Haraway have pointed out, it can also enhance animal contentment, capabilities and autonomy. However, unlike socialization, it is not a basic requirement for animal flourishing. The extent and circumstances under which it is legitimate are, consequently, an area for human-animal negotiation rather than a domain in which a strict paternalism is legitimate. The chapter adopts a broadly genealogical approach toward the ethics of training in order to illuminate both how humans have arrived at their current predicament of dominance over nonhuman creatures and the vague sense of unease that accompanies a broadly liberal response to it.

Keywords:   autonomy, liberal, dominance, training, socialization, paternalism, Donna Haraway, Vicki Hearne

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