Animals as Part of the Environment

Rosemary Rodd

in Biology, Ethics, and Animals

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240525
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680199 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

Animals as Part of the Environment

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The idea that the problem of how we ought to behave towards other animals is merely a part of the question of our relationship with nature leads us to confusion and muddled thinking. Concerns about our duties to animals and concerns for the totality of the biosphere are two respectable, but distinct, enterprises. However, interest in the value of ecosystems explains why there is a difference between our duties to animals that live as members of human society and duties to animals that do not. This chapter argues that it is necessary for people who are interested in protecting the welfare of individual animals to take into account natural ecological laws.

Keywords: relationship with nature; duties to animal; ecosystems; human society; natural ecological laws

Chapter.  6897 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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