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Brute Ethics – The Animal Ethics Encyclopedia

Lots of great information http://www.animalethics.org.uk

Animal Ethics If you methodically question the meaning and purpose of life you are a philosopher, whether amateur or professional. Ethics is the part of philosophy that asks how people should live their lives and how they should do good and right to others. Animal ethics is the bit of ethics that deals specifically with animals: understanding animal-human moral issues through knowledge and reasoning and acting for the moral good. Thus animal ethics is a practical as well as a cognitive pursuit. In his book Animal Ethics (2005:12) Robert Garner says, "Animal ethics seeks to examine beliefs that are held about the moral status of non-human animals."

An ethical issue is when you think a harm or wrong is happening and something should be done about it. If we harm people then we must justify why we harm them and if we cannot justify our actions then we must not harm them. In the same way, animal ethics critically questions our conduct with animals. Everyone has some contact with animals directly or indirectly, whether farming or shooting animals, eating them, or feeding their pets factory farmed chicken and other animals, going to
the zoo, using substances tested on animals or washing themselves with animal-based soap. 

Ethics comes from the Greek, meaning “custom.” It is one of the four branches of philosophy, which attempts to understand the nature of morality: to distinguish that which is right from that which is wrong. The Western tradition of ethics is sometimes called moral philosophy. Animal rights, or animal liberation may just be one of the greatest justice movements of our time. As it is throughout history, change is slow to come, with government policy and legislation lagging behind public opinion. 

Thinking through, critically and carefully, what most people take for granted is, I believe, the chief task of philosophy, and it is this task that makes philosophy a worthwhile activity. Peter Singer (1986:226): Applied Ethics. 

Cruelty prevails in policy

July 9, 2010 David Loken, The StarPhoenix

Like many others, I grew up in rural Saskatchewan. However, I wasn't on a farm but one of the town kids. Maybe this explained my attitude towards nature. I didn't randomly kill rodents and amphibians for sport or entertainment.

I blame the farm upbringing for this confrontational attitude toward nature. Anything that competes with the farm output is an enemy to be destroyed. This anti-nature attitude was prevalent in my youth and manifested itself in the cruel conduct of children.

I eventually moved to Toronto to work. When I returned to Saskatchewan years later, the province was more urban and a little more sophisticated.

Deer and other wildlife were becoming more plentiful. Hopefully, fewer kids were being raised to think of nature as the enemy. However, I still see this attitude in public policy: bounties on coyotes and other policies of extermination.

I walk from the Caswell area to work downtown. This spring I started crossing the railways tracks near 25th Street because I liked watching the small "gopher" community under the billboards by the go-cart track.

I thought these little guys might escape notice. After all, they were eating the overgrown weeds. Where they were, there was no park to mar, no danger of anyone tripping in the holes. But I noticed signs last week warning that poison had been placed. By Tuesday, there were no live ground squirrels to be seen.

It seems that those cruel boys have grown up, moved to the big city, and are still killing helpless creatures for no reason. This sort of thing makes me ashamed to say I'm from Saskatchewan.

May 7, 2013 The Tiger Eating Her Cubs and Bad Animal Behavior; Francione v  Machan