The Ethics of Killing Animals by Tatjana VisakThe Ethics of Killing Animals by Tatjana Visak

The Ethics of Killing Animals

EditorTatjana Visak, Robert Garner

Paperback | October 15, 2015

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While it is generally accepted that animal welfare matters morally, it is less clear how to morally evaluate the ending of an animal's life. It seems to matter for the animal whether it experiences pain or pleasure, or enjoyment or suffering. But does it also matter for the animal whether itlives or dies? Is a longer life better for an animal than a shorter life? If so, under what conditions is this so, and why is this the case? Is it better for an animal to live rather than never to be born at all? The Ethics of Killing Animals addresses these value-theoretical questions about animal life, death and welfare. It also discusses whether and how answers to these questions are relevant for our moral duties towards animals. Is killing animals ever morally acceptable and, if so, under whatconditions? Do animals have moral rights, such as the right to life and should they be accorded legal rights? How should our moral duties towards animals inform our individual behavior and policy-making? This volume presents a collection of contributions from major thinkers in ethics and animalwelfare, with a special focus on the moral evaluation of killing animals.
Tatjana Visak is a postdoctoral fellow at the Philosophy Department of Mannheim University and the Philosophy Department of Saarland University, Germany. Robert Garner is Professor of Politics at the University of Leicester.
Title:The Ethics of Killing AnimalsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:October 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of ContributorsList of FiguresAcknowledgmentsTatjana Visak and Robert Garner: IntroductionPart I: Animals and the Harm of Death1. T.J. Kasperbauer and Peter Sandoe: Killing as a Welfare Issue2. Christopher Belshaw: Death, Pain and Animal Life3. Ben Bradley: Is Death Bad for a Cow?4. Jeff McMahan: The Comparative Badness for Animals of Suffering and Death5. Steven Luper: Animal Interests6. Nils Holtug: The Value of Coming into ExistencePart II: Moral Evaluation of Killing Animals7. Tatjana Visak: Do Utilitarians Need to Accept the Replaceability Argument?8. Shelly Kagan: Singer on Killing Animals9. Christine Korsgaard: A Kantian Case for Animal Rights10. Frederike Kaldewaij: Kantian Constructivism and the Ethics of Killing AnimalsPart III: Killing Animals and the Politicization of Normative Ethics11. Alasdair Cochrane: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness? Specifying the Rights of Animals12. Robert Garner: Welfare, Rights, and Non-ideal TheoryPeter Singer: AfterwordReferencesIndex