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Justice for animals: beyond human ethics

Justice for animals: beyond human ethics

Pablo de Lora Deltoro, Professor of Legal Philosophy at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Pablo de Lora Deltoro
Professor of Legal Philosophy at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Ethics is strictly a human issue, but its domain does not exclude animals, beings that do not possess a sense of justice. The way we behave towards animals is not morally irrelevant when they are affected by our actions. Disregarding animals simply because they do not belong to our species is an unjustifiable form of discrimination. Eradicating this discrimination would have an extraordinary impact on our attitude toward and interaction with the animal kingdom.

Using references to studies on animal behavior, history, non-western traditions and persisting institutionalized cruelty, de Lora critically analyzes ethical reflections in favor of animal well-being, just as philosophers from Pythagoras to Peter Singer have defended justice for animals both through theory and daily practice.

de Lora, P. Justicia para los animales.

La ética más allá de las humanidad.

Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 2003. 342p.

ISBN: 84-206-4157-X