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Animal Ethics in the Age of Humans: Blurring boundaries in by Bernice Bovenkerk, Jozef Keulartz

By Bernice Bovenkerk, Jozef Keulartz

This booklet presents mirrored image at the more and more blurry barriers that signify the human-animal dating. within the Anthropocene people and animals have come nearer jointly and this asks for rethinking previous divisions. to start with, new clinical insights and technological advances bring about a blurring of the limits among animals and people. Secondly, our expanding impact on nature results in a rethinking of the previous contrast among person animal ethics and collectivist environmental ethics. Thirdly, ongoing urbanization and destruction of animal habitats ends up in a blurring among the kinds of untamed and domesticated animals. eventually, globalization and worldwide weather swap have ended in the fragmentation of common habitats, blurring the previous contrast among in situ and ex situ conservation. during this booklet, researchers on the innovative in their fields systematically learn the extensive box of human-animal family, facing wild, liminal, and household animals, with conservation, and zoos, and with applied sciences akin to biomimicry. This e-book is well timed in that it explores the recent instructions during which our wondering the human-animal courting are constructing. whereas the objective viewers essentially includes animal experiences students, coming from a variety of disciplines together with philosophy, sociology, psychology, ethology, literature, and movie stories, a few of the subject matters which are mentioned have relevance past a merely theoretical one; as such the publication additionally goals to encourage for instance biologists, conservationists, and zoo keepers to mirror on their courting with animals.

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For example, should we be allowed to keep wild animals in captivity, such as in zoos, circuses or dolphinaria? And isn’t the keeping of pets or production animals also a matter of captivity and if so, is this necessarily morally wrong? The latter would suggest that freedom has independent value for animals, but is this really the case? And wouldn’t this suggest that we were wrong in domesticating animals in the first place? Animal rights theorists argue that domesticated animals are in a sense human artefacts that are captive in their own bodies and they point to extreme breeding practices which have adverse effects on animals’ health.

E. the translocation for rewilding outside the species’ historic range. They have, moreover, a strong preference for de-extinction. Not surprisingly, the co-founder and president of the Long Now Foundation that firmly supports de-extinction projects using genetic engineering, is Stewart Brand, the aforementioned ex-hippie turned eco-modernist, in favor of mega-cities, genetic modification, geo-engineering and nuclear energy. De-extinction appeals to new conservationists because it promises a much cheerier story than the traditional discouraging tale of environmental destruction and loss, “a more uplifting narrative driven by sunny acts of biological creation and ecological recovery” (Minteer 2015, 14).

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