A Question for Animal Ethics Readers

Animal Ethics

I'd love to know whether philosophical reflection and argumentation has had an impact on your moral attitudes toward animals or on the moral attitudes towards animals of someone you know. Please read the post by Megan McArdle that Keith linked to in his post from yesterday. Then, click on "Comments" below to answer the question that Keith posed on his personal blog : Has anyone out there met someone who was persuaded to give up eating meat as a result of an argument?

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From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Dear Professor Burgess-Jackson, I'm a great admirer of your animal ethics blog, which I've found to be an invaluable resource. I just wanted to share a link to Gary Francione's recent philosophy bites podcast. An interesting debate has taken place in the comments section regarding Francione's (mis)interpretation of Peter Singer—hope it will be of interest! best regards, Spencer Lo

Critter News Content to be Featured on AnimalRightsZone.com

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Joining us will be Animal Person , Creature Talk , and Animal Ethics. Starting tomorrow, Critter News content will be featured on AnimalRightsZone.com. Note - we'll still be here. But, some of our posts will show up on the new site as well. I'm hoping there will be more, because I think it's a great idea to organize this kind of content in one area. So, I hope you'll time to check out the site and check out some of the other bloggers.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Dear Animal Ethics bloggers: We posted a story today about Matthew Hiasl Pan. I hope you’ll take a look. Thanks, and all best, Jessica Bennett Blog Editor Beacon Press

Empty Cages

Animal Ethics

Here is a website that contains much useful information about animal ethics. It appears to be organized around Regan's book Empty Cages: Facing the Challenge of Animal Rights I'm not sure what relation it bears to Tom Regan, the philosopher from North Carolina State University.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Hi Keith and Mylan, A new think tank has been set up in Britain dealing entirely with animal ethics issues. The website is here. And a newspaper article about it is here. Neither of you seem to be affiliated with this group. Perhaps you should get into contact with them as you both seem to fit the bill. Yours Sincerely Peter Wilkinson

Statistics

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If you're the author or publisher of a book on animal ethics, please send me a copy so that I can add it to the bibliography This past October was the best month ever for this blog, in terms of number of visitors. There were 3,404 visitors during October, which is an average of 109.8 visitors per day. The previous record for monthly visitors was 2,825.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

I also want to take the opportunity to say how much I enjoy reading the excellent insights/arguments/links etc that you've included on Animal Ethics over the years. Dear Keith, I'd like to request a copy of the essay "Simplifying the Case for Vegetarianism" that you praised on your webpage (12 Jan 2007). Many thanks—with all good wishes, Richard Dr. Richard J White Faculty of Development and Society Sheffield Hallam University City Campus Howard Street Sheffield S1 1WB

December Statistics

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We had another good month here at Animal Ethics, as far as readership is concerned. Here is a graph showing monthly readership since the blog began on 28 November 2003 (click the graph to enlarge it): There were 2,296 visitors during December, which is an average of 74.0 per day.

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Hi Keith, You may be interested in a new post on Ethics Soup regarding rights of farm animals. Ethics Soup is a fairly new blog and I'm looking for ways to drive traffic to the blog to gain some readers. Perhaps as a follow-up to your Nov 5th post "Legal Rights for Animals" on your Animal Rights Blog, or any other blog that features ethics issues. If you find this post informative, would you consider providing a link to it?

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Hi Keith, My name is Evelyn and I'm a big fan of Animal Ethics, reading it regularly, I enjoy your posts and share your love for animals. I'm writing a blog about animal rights and have linked back to you here. I would really appreciate if you could link to my blog or exchange blogrolls links with me, so more people would reach our blogs ;-) I will also be honored if you would let me post a guest post on your blog or vice versa. Best, Evelyn

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

First of all, I want to tell you how much I enjoy Animal Ethics. It’s a job-matching site for all jobs related to animals, like training, grooming, veterinary medicine, caretaking, zoo positions, and much, much more. What makes the site special is that a portion of every sale is donated to animal rights and rescue organizations. If the majority of your blog readers are animal lovers like me, then I know they’d love my site.

Bernard E. Rollin on Animals as Ends

Animal Ethics

Surely any sentient or conscious being has states that matter to it in a positive or negative way—pleasure matters to an animal in a positive way, pain or fear in a negative way. So if human beings are ends in themselves, why not animals, since they too have feelings and goals that they value?

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Dear Professor Burgess-Jackson, The Michigan Law Review ’s companion journal First Impressions this week published an online symposium on Agricultural Animals and Animal Law. If you would like to post about the symposium on the Animal Ethics blog, please feel free either to link to the recent post at Concurring Opinions or to post something new, perhaps based on the content of the announcement, below.

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Animal Ethics

Hey there, Just discovered your nice blog on animals and ethics. www.nytimes.com/dotearth I'm going to add Animal Ethics to my blogroll. I've touched on relevant issues off and on, but most specifically in a 2004 piece on arguments for and against whale hunts. I've linked back to that story in my latest post on Japan v Greenpeace saga on my Dot Earth blog. A very under-appreciated arena. Best, Andy -- Andrew C. Revkin The New York Times / Science 620 Eighth Ave.,

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

Hi Keith, Here are some links to some exceptionally moving and informative online audio lectures on vegetarianism & animal ethics from a Christian perspective. MP3: " Animal Rights & Christian Responsibility " MP3: " Living Toward the Peaceable Kingdom " Notes: " Compassionate Eating as Care of Creation " Notes: " Animal Rights and Christian Responsibility " Thanks, Nathan Nobis

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

This is one of the best essays I have read on the subject of animal ethics. It is similar to Mylan Engel's essay "The Immorality of Eating Meat" because it is not dependent on any normative ethical theory or any controversial claim to animal equality, but simply shows that if we take animals seriously at all we should not eat animal products (or at least not those produced in factory farms).

Earth Day Lecture

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Since a number of "Animal Ethics" readers reside in the northern Illinois area, I thought I would call your attention to an exciting lecture that is taking place on Northern Illinois University's campus. She specializes in Environmental Ethics, Human-Animal Ethics, and Moral Psychology. Some of her notable publications include: “The Power of the Visual,” “Western Environmental Ethics,” “Vices of Inattention,” and “The Moral Responsibilities of Intellectuals.”

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

The volume „Tierrechte – eine interdisziplinäre Herausforderung“ (literally „Animal Rights – an interdisciplinary challenge“ has just been released from Harald Fischer Verlag (publisher), Germany. Basis of this collection are the interdisciplinary lectures on Animal Rights which took place from April to October 2006 at Ruprecht-Karls-University in Heidelberg (Germany). Hello!

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

I've been an ethical vegan for 12 years; for me it was a straightforward transition. I must advocate on behalf of the animals in other ways. Animal Ethics helps me formalize my position so I can be a more effective advocate. However, I am saying that the transition to veganism was completely natural and took little or no pondering on my part once I knew the truth about animal exploitation. Animal Ethics has helped me become a better coach.

Five Years and Counting

Animal Ethics

I want to express my gratitude to everyone who has linked to this blog, which is the first item listed in a Google search of "animal ethics." I created this blog five years ago today. There have been 112,684 visits, which is an average of 22,536.8 per year and 61.7 per day. Here , for old time's sake, is my first post. Thanks for visiting. If you're looking for something in particular, please use the search function at the top left of the blog.

Peter Singer on Animal Rights

Animal Ethics

It would only be surprising to one who assumes that my case for animal liberation is based upon rights and, in particular, upon the idea of extending rights to animals. I make very little use of the word 'rights' in Animal Liberation , and I could easily have dispensed with it altogether. Peter Singer, " The Fable of the Fox and the Unliberated Animals ," Ethics 88 [January 1978]: 119-25, at 122

From the Mailbag

Animal Ethics

On the blog Animal Ethics (which I visited because of your reference to it) is the sentence "Let us temporarily assume for the sake of argument that it would be permissible to eat the flesh of an animal who was raised humanely and killed entirely painlessly." Using the human-appropriate relative pronoun "who" to refer to an animal is a planted assertion that animals should be considered in the same way that humans are considered.

40 Ways to Help Lab Animals

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Thanks to Patty at Animal Rights-Do Whatever is Necessary for reposting this list of 40 ways to help lab animals. When you read stories in major newspapers and magazines such as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Newsweek, be wary of simplification, bias, and a tendency to support traditional views indifferent to animals’ interests. There are many excellent books on issues related to animal research.

Reasons Consistently Applied

Animal Ethics

I suspect that many regular readers of Animal Ethics are already vegetarians. That's because those who read Animal Ethics with regularity know that there are many compelling reasons to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle. There are environmental reasons to go vegetarian: The production of animal-derived foods is implicated in every major environmental problem. One cannot produce eggs or dairy products on a large scale without the wholesale exploitation of animals.

Growing Meat vs. Going Vegetarian

Animal Ethics

Some people make the switch for ethical reasons, others for health reasons, others out of concern for the environment, and some for a combination of all these reasons. (As But then again, it could be due to the fact that we are constantly bombarded with billion-dollar advertising campaigns from the meat industries, the dairy industry, and the egg industry, as well as from myriad restaurant chains that promote and sell these very animal products.

Global Warming

Animal Ethics

Global warming is an animal ethics issue. As the planet warms, fragile habitats that countless animal species depend on for survival will be destroyed. Loss of potable water threatens countless animal species including Homo sapiens. We have already witnessed radical changes in the polar icecap, changes that threaten numerous arctic species. Recently published research suggests that the situation is even more dire than previously predicted.

Introducing Myself

Animal Ethics

Currently, I am very interested in social and political philosophy and ethical issues. I felt a strong sense of connection to the ideas of Peter Singer while taking Ethics from Keith. My personal perspective regarding Animal Ethics is not fully formed, which is one of the reasons why Keith and I felt it would be a good idea for me to post on here. I find animals to be valuable for a number of reasons, one of which is for their aesthetic value.

Meat, Cancer, and the Cumulative Case for Ethical Vegetarianism

Animal Ethics

Ethical vegetarianism is the thesis that killing and eating animals is morally wrong whenever equally nutritious plant-based alternatives are available. The case for ethical vegetarianism starts with several uncontroversial premises. Virtually everyone agrees that: (1) It is wrong to cause a conscious sentient animal to suffer for no good reason. It is not just a few outspoken animal rights fanatics who hold this view. Cohen, The Animal Rights Debate , p.

Prima Facie vs. Ultima Facie Wrongness

Animal Ethics

Jonathan Hubbell, a philosophy major at the University of Texas at Arlington, is the newest member of the Animal Ethics blog, and once again, I would like to welcome him aboard. Like Keith, I think it will be interesting and instructive to observe as Jonathan works through his views on the myriad of ethical issues that surround our current treatment of animals. It truly is horrific and despicable to treat animals so badly.