Category: Ethics

Basic Tenets of Animal Rights by Doris Lin

This article presents several arguments in favour of animal rights. It also links, throughout, to articles on related topics. One of the more interesting arguments that the author makes, which could be used to generate discussion, is that, ‘While eating dogs is morally offensive to some, there are those who would object to the practice […]

Animals as Property by Doris Lin

In this article, the author argues that animals should not be treated as property. She says that ‘we should not own non-human animals because we do not own humans, and treating animals differently is speciesist.’ One of the more interesting arguments that the author makes – and one that might be good for discussion – […]

Shechita Reversal by Paul Harper

This article details recent changes in New Zealand’s animal treatment laws – and the government’s decision to turn over the ban on the kosher killing of chickens, which animal rights groups say is inhumane. This article examines arguments for and against allowing the practice known as ‘shechita’. Robyn Kippenberger of the SPCA says that ‘[p]ressure […]

Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare by Doris Lin

This article compares two views: the animal rights view, which holds that we do not have a right to use animals for our own purposes, and the animal welfare view, which holds that we do have a right to use animals, but that we must treat them well. It also links, throughout, to articles on […]

Animal Rights Activists by Gary McLendon

This accessible article contains arguments for and against using animals in entertainment. The article presents the claim, made by animal rights activists, that circus animals perform because they are ‘afraid’ and ‘tortured’. It notes the counter-suggestion, by a circus animal handler and presenter, that circus animals are only ‘showcas[ing] their natural behaviours,’ and that animals […]

Animal Rights by David DeGrazia

Title: Animal Rights: A Very Short Introduction Author: David DeGrazia Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 987-0-19-285360-8 This short book is an accessible resource for teachers. The book itself is probably, as a whole, too complex for most high school students. Teachers might use it primarily to familiarise themselves with the debates concerning animal rights. There […]

All Animals are Equal by Jean Kazez

A human and a dog are lying in pain outside a burning building. Who should the ambulance officers see to first? This book review – of Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation – presents arguments for and against viewing animals (humans included) as equal. The title of the piece is taken from the first chapter of Singer’s […]

Ethical Dilemmas

“101 ETHICAL DILEMMAS” by MARTIN COHEN. Routledge ,2nd Edition 2007, London and New York. A book of philosophical dilemmas divided into 2 parts. The first being a short description (on average one page) of the dilemma, with one question at the end. The second part being further discussion on each dilemma, intended not as an […]