Animals and the Economy by Steven McMullen (auth.)

By Steven McMullen (auth.)

This publication explores the industrial associations that be sure the character of animal lives as systematically exploited gadgets traded in a marketplace financial system. It examines human roles and selection within the process, together with the industrial good judgment of agriculture, experimentation, and animal possession, and analyses the marginalization of moral motion within the monetary system.

Animals and the Economy demonstrates that particular shoppers and farmers are usually left with few really animal-friendly offerings. moral members within the economic system needs to both face down an array of institutional limitations, or go out mainstream markets fullyyt. This e-book argues that those matters should not beneficial parts of a marketplace method, and evaluates a couple of coverage adjustments which could enhance the lives of animals within the context of a marketplace economy.

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If we accept this ecological opportunity cost, then a second important question is raised. Do farmed animals live lives that are better than that of comparable free-living animals? If so, then it might be worth defending animal agriculture. If not, then the “logic of the larder” argument is easily dismissed. There are two broad reasons to think that life in human captivity is decisively worse for most animals. First, the knowledge we now have about animal welfare justifies a broad conception of animal flourishing.

8. A second difficulty that arises from thinking about animals as agents is the question of the relative worth of animal vs. human preferences. In the extreme, this would even require comparing animal and human lives, which cannot be done without making choices based on a particular, and inevitably contentious, standard. On one extreme, we could equally weight the utilities of humans and some group of physiologically complex animals. On another extreme, we could give all animals minimal weight relative to humans.

The Author(s) 2016 S. 1057/978-1-137-43474-6_4 45 46 Animals and the Economy created is an ethically neutral delivery tool, and that consumer demands are to blame. 2 If people enjoyed tofu as much as they enjoy chicken, then the animal-farming industry would shrink. While there is a clear truth to this simple answer, too often the argument stops here. Activist groups focus a considerable amount of effort on changing consumer preferences, with appeals that feature tragic pictures of farmed animals in industrial settings.

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