The Ethics of Captivity

Paperback | May 14, 2014

EditorLori Gruen

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In the United States roughly 2 million people are incarcerated; billions of animals are held captive (and then killed) in the food industry every year; hundreds of thousands of animals are kept in laboratories; thousands are in zoos and aquaria; millions of "pets" are captive in our homes.Surprisingly, despite the rich ethical questions it raises, very little philosophical attention has been paid to questions raised by captivity. Though conditions of captivity vary widely for humans and for other animals, there are common ethical themes that imprisonment raises, including the value of liberty, the nature of autonomy, the meaning of dignity, and the impact of routine confinement on physical and psychological well-being. Thisvolume brings together scholars, scientists, and sanctuary workers to address in fifteen new essays the ethical issues captivity raises. Section One contains chapters written by those with expert knowledge about particular conditions of captivity and includes discussion of how captivity isexperienced by dogs, whales and dolphins, elephants, chimpanzees, rabbits, formerly farmed animals, and human prisoners. Section Two contains chapters by philosophers and social theorists that reflect on the social, political, and ethical issues raised by captivity, including discussions aboutconfinement, domestication, captive breeding for conservation, the work of moral repair, dignity and an ethics of sight, and the role that coercion plays.

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In the United States roughly 2 million people are incarcerated; billions of animals are held captive (and then killed) in the food industry every year; hundreds of thousands of animals are kept in laboratories; thousands are in zoos and aquaria; millions of "pets" are captive in our homes.Surprisingly, despite the rich ethical question...

Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies and directs the Ethics in Society Project. She is the author, most recently, of Ethics and Animals (2011) and co-editor with Carol Adams of Ecofeminism: Fem...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199978007

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AcknowledgementsContributorsLori Gruen: IntroductionSection One1. Alexandra Horowitz: "Canis Familiaris: Companion and Captive"2. Lori Marino: "Cetacean Captivity"3. Catherine Doyle: "Captive Elephants"4. Stephen R. Ross: "Captive Chimpanzees"5. Margo DeMello: "Rabbits in Captivity"6. Miriam Jones: "Captivity in the Context of a Sanctuary for Formerly Farmed Animals"7. John Bryant, James Davis, David Haywood, Clyde Meikle, Andre Pierce: "Life Behind Bars"8. Lauren Gazzola: "Political Captivity"Section Two9. Clare Palmer and Peter Sandoe: "For their Own Good: Captive Cats and Routine Confinement"10. Alasdair Cochrane: "Born in Chains? The Ethics of Domestication"11. Robert Strieffer: "The Confinement of Laboratory Animals: Ethical and Conceptual Issues"12. Irus Braveman: "Captive for Life: Conserving Extinct Species through Ex Situ Breeding"13. Karen S. Emmerman: "Sanctuary, Not Remedy: The Problem of Captivity and the Need for Moral Repair"14. Lori Gruen: "Dignity, Captivity, and an Ethics of Sight"15. Lisa Rivera: "Captivity and Coercion"Index