There isn’t one conversation about animal ethics. Instead, there are several important ones that are scattered across many disciplines.This volume both surveys the field of animal ethics and draws professional philosophers, graduate students, and undergraduates more deeply into the discussions that are happening outside of philosophy departments. To that end, the volume contains more nonphilosophers than philosophers, explicitly inviting scholars from other fields—such as animal science, ecology, economics, psychology, law, environmental science, and applied biology, among others—to bring their own disciplinary resources to bear on matters that affect animals.

The Routledge Handbook of Animal Ethics is composed of 44 chapters, all appearing in print here for the first time, and organized into the following six sections:

I. Thinking About Animals

II. Animal Agriculture and Hunting

III. Animal Research and Genetic Engineering

IV. Companion Animals

V. Wild Animals: Conservation, Management, and Ethics

VI. Animal Activism

The chapters are brief, and they have been written in a way that is accessible to serious undergraduate students, regardless of their field of study. The volume covers everything from animal cognition to the state of current fisheries, from genetic modification to intersection animal activism. It is a resource designed for anyone interested in the moral issues that emerge from human interactions with animals.

chapter |17 pages


Edited ByBob Fischer

part Part I|96 pages

Thinking About Animals

chapter 1|14 pages

Psychological Mechanisms Involved in Human–Animal Interactions

How Do Humans Cognize About Animals?
ByCatherine E. Amiot, Brock Bastian

chapter 2|8 pages

Understanding the Moral Implications of Morgan’s Canon

ByMaria Botero

chapter 3|12 pages

Animal Intelligence

ByJohn M. Pearce

chapter 4|16 pages

The Emotional Lives of Animals

ByKristina M. Horback

chapter 5|12 pages

Animal Self-Awareness

Types, Distribution, and Ethical Significance
ByDavid DeGrazia

chapter 6|9 pages

The Moral Animal

ByMark Rowlands

chapter 7|10 pages

Quantifying Animal Well-Being and Overcoming the Challenge of Interspecies Comparisons

ByMark Budolfson, Dean Spears

chapter 8|13 pages

Cost-Effectiveness in Animal Health

An Ethical Analysis
ByGovind Persad

part Part II|108 pages

Animal Agriculture and Hunting

chapter 9|10 pages

The Origins of Factory Farming in the United States

An Overview
ByJames McWilliams

chapter 10|14 pages

The Economics of Intensive Animal Agriculture

ByF. Bailey Norwood

chapter 11|13 pages

Animal Welfare—Is Intensification the Problem?

ByJoy A. Mench

chapter 12|13 pages

Anymal Agriculture and the Environment

ByLisa Kemmerer

chapter 13|10 pages

Intensive Animal Agriculture and Human Health

ByJonathan Anomaly

chapter 14|21 pages

Seafood Ethics

Reconciling Human Well-Being with Fish Welfare
ByMimi E. Lam

chapter 15|13 pages

Small-Scale Animal Agriculture

ByDonald W. Bruckner

chapter 16|12 pages

Subsistence Hunting

ByRaymond Anthony, Gary Varner

part Part III|66 pages

Animal Research and Genetic Engineering

chapter 17|14 pages

Institutionalized Ethical Assessments of Animal Experiments

ByBernice Bovenkerk, Lonneke Poort

chapter 18|14 pages

Animal Models

Problems and Prospects
ByPandora Pound

chapter 19|9 pages

Applied Ethics in Animal Experimentation

ByLarry Carbone

chapter 20|11 pages

Genetic Engineering of Nonhuman Animals

ByAdam Shriver

chapter 21|16 pages

Building Ethical De-extinction Programs

Considerations of Animal Welfare in Genetic Rescue
ByBen J. Novak

part Part IV|65 pages

Companion Animals

chapter 22|11 pages


ByKatherine C. Grier

chapter 23|14 pages

The Ethics of Domestication

ByJessica du Toit

chapter 24|10 pages

The Ethics of Keeping Pets

ByJessica Pierce

chapter 25|12 pages

The Ethics of Companion Animal Euthanasia

ByChristine Overall

chapter 26|16 pages

Links Between Violence Against Humans and Nonhuman Animals

Examining the Role of Adverse Family Environments
ByShelby Elaine McDonald

part Part V|122 pages

Wild Animals

chapter 27|10 pages

Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Integrated Species Conservation

ByMarkus Gusset

chapter 28|14 pages

The Educational Value of Zoos

An Empirical Perspective
ByNancy Staus

chapter 29|13 pages

Moral Arguments Against Zoos

ByKaren S. Emmerman

chapter 30|13 pages

Defensible Zoos and Aquariums

ByClare Palmer, Hamish Morrin, Peter Sandøe

chapter 31|13 pages

Killing for Conservation

Ethical Considerations for Controlling Wild Animals
BySara Dubois

chapter 32|12 pages

Ethical Dimensions of Invasive Animal Management

ByTim S. Doherty, James C. Russell

chapter 33|12 pages

Property, Regulation, and Endangered Species Conservation

BySteven McMullen

chapter 34|11 pages

The Laissez-Faire View

Why We’re Not Normally Required to Assist Wild Animals
ByClare Palmer

chapter 35|12 pages

Welfare Biology

ByCatia Faria, Oscar Horta

chapter 36|10 pages

Wild Animals as Political Subjects

ByJohn Hadley

part Part VI|101 pages

Animal Activism

chapter 37|13 pages

The History of Animal Activism

Intersectional Advocacy and the American Humane Movement
ByJanet M. Davis

chapter 38|10 pages

The Political and Cultural Sociology of Animal Advocacy

ByErin M. Evans

chapter 39|14 pages

Beyond Compare

Intersectionality and Interspeciesism for Co-liberation With Other Animals
ByNekeisha Alayna Alexis

chapter 40|14 pages

Political Lobbying for Animals

ByJoanna Grossman

chapter 41|13 pages

Effective Animal Advocacy

ByJeff Sebo

chapter 42|12 pages

Cultured Meat

A New Story for the Future of Food
ByMax Elder

chapter 43|14 pages

Veganism, (Almost) Harm-Free Animal Flesh, and Nonmaleficence

Navigating Dietary Ethics in an Unjust World
ByCheryl Abbate

chapter 44|9 pages

Animal Sanctuaries

ByElan Abrell