chapter  6
17 Pages

Treatment of Animals

WithDavid E. Cooper

Discussion now turns to the second kind of misanthropic reflection on our relations with animals, namely attention to our treatment of and attitudes towards them. After briefly rehearsing some powerful misanthropic denunciations of this treatment, the chapter draws up a ‘charge list’ of the moral crimes committed against animals in different kinds of human practices, ranging from eating to entertainment, and from medicine to sport. It goes on to show how these reflect the failings and vices exposed in Chapter 4. It is argued that it is precisely because our ways of treating animals reflect these failings that they constitute wrongs or moral crimes against animals.