Category Archives: animal ethics

What’s Wrong With Having Pets?

pets-lineup-xlgGary L Francione makes the case against pets here.
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“Workshop on ethics of monkey research earns cheers and boos”

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“Vegetarianism, Abortion, and Moral Empathy”

head-1577986_1920Philosophy graduate student Amanda Askell comments here.

What’s Wrong With Linking Abortion and Animal Rights?

Nathan Nobis, an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College, kindly contributed the following piece to What’s Wrong?  Professor Nobis is the author of many articles and book chapters on topics concerning ethics and animals (e.g., vegetarianism, experimentation) and the ethics of abortion, an unpublished 2003 essay on the relations between these topics, and a review of a recent book on these topics’ intersections, which inspired this essay.  What’s Wrong? is grateful to Professor Nobis for permission to publish this original piece here.

Abortion and Animal Rights: Does Either Topic Lead to the Other?
by Nathan Nobis

Should people who believe in animal rights think that abortion is wrong? Should pro-lifers accept animal rights? If you think it’s wrong to kill fetuses to end pregnancies, should you also think it’s wrong to kill animals to, say, eat them? If you, say, oppose animal research, should you also oppose abortion?

Some argue ‘yes’ and others argue ‘no’ to either or both sets of questions.[1] The correct answer, however, seems to be, ‘it depends’: it depends on why someone accepts animal rights, and why someone thinks abortion is wrong: it depends on their reasons.

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What’s Wrong With Sterilizing Mustangs?

Wild Horses Slaughter

Story here.

Peter Singer on Immigration, the Cincinnati Zoo, and More

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New Documentary About Legal Personhood and Non-Human Animals

unlocking_the_cage-filmWatch the trailer here.

“The Cincinnati Zoo’s problem wasn’t that it killed its gorilla. It’s that it’s a zoo.”

What’s Wrong? Advisory Board Member Lori Gruen on the death of Harambe, here.
(image: Harambe)


What Is It Like To Be A Fish?


“As innovative research reveals new facets of the private lives of fishes, I’m hopeful that perceptions will change and we’ll show them more mercy.”  Story here (image: here).

Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? from a forthcoming book with that title here.
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