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 I|96 pages

Thinking About Animals

chapter 1|14 pages

Psychological Mechanisms Involved in Human–Animal Interactions

How Do Humans Cognize About Animals?

chapter 3|12 pages

Animal Intelligence

chapter 5|12 pages

Animal Self-Awareness

Types, Distribution, and Ethical Significance

chapter 6|9 pages

The Moral Animal

chapter 8|13 pages

Cost-Effectiveness in Animal Health

An Ethical Analysis

part II|108 pages

Animal Agriculture and Hunting

chapter 14|21 pages

Seafood Ethics

Reconciling Human Well-Being with Fish Welfare

chapter 15|13 pages

Small-Scale Animal Agriculture

chapter 16|12 pages

Subsistence Hunting

part III|66 pages

Animal Research and Genetic Engineering

chapter 18|14 pages

Animal Models

Problems and Prospects

chapter 21|16 pages

Building Ethical De-extinction Programs

Considerations of Animal Welfare in Genetic Rescue

part IV|65 pages

Companion Animals

chapter 22|11 pages


chapter 23|14 pages

The Ethics of Domestication

chapter 24|10 pages

The Ethics of Keeping Pets

chapter 26|16 pages

Links Between Violence Against Humans and Nonhuman Animals

Examining the Role of Adverse Family Environments

part V|122 pages

Wild Animals

chapter 28|14 pages

The Educational Value of Zoos

An Empirical Perspective

chapter 29|13 pages

Moral Arguments Against Zoos

chapter 31|13 pages

Killing for Conservation

Ethical Considerations for Controlling Wild Animals

chapter 34|11 pages

The Laissez-Faire View

Why We’re Not Normally Required to Assist Wild Animals

chapter 35|12 pages

Welfare Biology

chapter 36|10 pages

Wild Animals as Political Subjects

part VI|101 pages

Animal Activism

chapter 37|13 pages

The History of Animal Activism

Intersectional Advocacy and the American Humane Movement

chapter 39|14 pages

Beyond Compare

Intersectionality and Interspeciesism for Co-liberation With Other Animals

chapter 40|14 pages

Political Lobbying for Animals

chapter 41|13 pages

Effective Animal Advocacy

chapter 42|12 pages

Cultured Meat

A New Story for the Future of Food

chapter 43|14 pages

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

Navigating Dietary Ethics in an Unjust World

chapter 44|9 pages

Animal Sanctuaries