Animal Welfare & Human Values

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, 24 juin 1993 - 334 pages

As the most populous province in Canada, Ontario is a microcosm of the animal welfare issues which beset Western civilization. The authors of this book, chairman and vice-chairman, respectively, of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, find themselves constantly being made aware of the atrocities committed in the Society’s jurisdiction.

They have been, in turn, puzzled, exasperated and horrified at humanity’s cruelty to our fellow sentient beings. The issues discussed in this book are the most contentious in animal welfare disputes — animal experimentation, fur-farming and trapping, the use of animals for human entertainment and the conditions under which animals are raised for human consumption. They are complex issues and should be thought about fairly and seriously.

The authors, standing squarely on the side of the animals, suggest “community” and “belonging” as concepts through which to understand our relationships to other species. They ground their ideas in Wordsworth’s “primal sympathy” and Jung’s “unconscious identity” with the animal realm. The philosophy developed in this book embraces common sense and compromise as the surest paths to the goal of animal welfare. It requires respect and consideration for other species while acknowledging our primary obligations to our fellow humans.

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Table des matières

The Status of Animals From Human Origins to Humanism
The Status of Animals From the Age of Humanism to the Twentieth Century
Animal Experimentation Prologue
Animal Experimentation The Debate
Animal Experimentation The Alternatives
Animal Experimentation Legislation and Assessment
Hunting Fishing and Fowling
Animals in Entertainment Zoos Aquaria and Circuses
Of Farms and Factories
Companion Animals
The Community of Sentient Beings
The Philosophy of Animal Rights
The Philosophy of Animal Protection
Epilogue Ode to Sensibility
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Frivolous Fur Veneration and Environmentalism
Frivolous Fur Trappers Clubbers and Farmers
Animals in Entertainment Racing Riding and Fighting
Droits d'auteur

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Page 19 - The Puritan hated bearbaiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
Page 292 - The community is a fictitious body, composed of the individual persons who are considered as constituting as it were its members. The interest of the community then is, what? — the sum of the interests of the several members who compose it.
Page 11 - Lo, the poor Indian! Whose untutored mind Sees God in clouds, or hears Him in the wind; His soul, proud science never taught to stray Far as the solar walk, or milky way...
Page 292 - Michael Sandel, Liberalism and the Limits of Justice (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1982); William A.
Page 16 - Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air...
Page 277 - I do not put abstract ideas wholly out of any question; because I well know that under that name I should dismiss principles, and that without the guide and light of sound, well-understood principles, all reasonings in politics, as in everything else, would be only a confused jumble of particular facts and details, without the means of drawing out any sort of theoretical or practical conclusion.
Page 32 - ... because the well-spring of that communion is a natural delight which man hath to transfuse from himself into others, and to receive from others into himself, especially those things wherein the excellency of his kind doth most consist. The chiefest instrument of human communion therefore is speech, because thereby we impart mutually one to another the conceits of our reasonable understanding.
Page 265 - Nay, surely the saying holds good, that in practical matters the end is not a mere speculative knowledge of what is to be done, but rather the doing of it. It is not enough to know about virtue, then, but we must endeavour to possess it and to use it, or to take any other steps that may make us good.
Page 3 - Thou art the thing itself; unaccommodated man is no more but such a poor, bare, forked animal as thou art.
Page 31 - ... is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or perhaps the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rationaL as well as a more conversable animaL than an infant of a day, or a week, or even a month, old. But suppose they were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not. Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?

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