Animal ethics and behavioral science : an overdue discussion?

Webb, Christine E., Woodford, Peter and Huchard, Elise (2019) Animal ethics and behavioral science : an overdue discussion? BioScience, 69(10), pp. 778-788. ISSN (print) 0006-3568

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Animal ethics—the field of philosophy concerned with the moral status of animals—is experiencing a momentum unprecedented in its history. Surprisingly, animal behavior science remains on the sidelines, despite producing critical evidence on which many arguments in animal ethics rest. In the present article, we explore the origins of the divide between animal behavior science and animal ethics before considering whether behavioral scientists should concern themselves with it. We finally envision tangible steps that could be taken to bridge the gap, encouraging scientists to be aware of, and to more actively engage with, an ethical revolution that is partly fueled by the evidence they generate.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Biological sciences
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Kingston School of Art
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP)
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Depositing User: Peter Woodford
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2020 09:05
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 09:09

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