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Why Animal Suffering Matters – Philosophy, Theology, and Practical Ethics - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Why Animal Suffering Matters: Philosophy, Theology, and Practical Ethics

Andrew Linzey


How we treat animals arouses strong emotions. Many people are repulsed by photographs of cruelty to animals and respond passionately to how we make animals suffer for food, commerce, and sport. But is this, as some argue, a purely emotional issue? Are there really no rational grounds for opposing our current treatment of animals? This book argues that when analyzed impartially the rational case for extending moral solicitude to all sentient beings is much stronger than many suppose. Indeed, the book shows that many of the justifications for inflicting animal suffering in fact provide grounds f ... More

Keywords: philosophy, theology, practical ethics, animal ethics, animal sentience, killing, hunting with dogs, fur farming, commercial sealing, animals and children

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199351848
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199351848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Linzey, author
University of Oxford and Director of Oxford Centre for Animals Ethics

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