Animal Ethics and Interest Conflicts

Author(s): Aaltola, Elisa

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Abstract Animal ethics has presented convincing arguments for the individual value of animals. Animals are not only valuable instrumentally or indirectly, but in themselves. Less has been written about interest conflicts between humans and other animals, and the use of animals in practice. The motive of this paper is to analyze different approaches to interest conflicts. It concentrates on six models, which are the rights model, the interest model, the mental complexity model, the special relations model, the multi-criteria model, and the contextual model. Of these, the contextual model is the strongest, and carries clear consequences for the practical use of animals.
Publication Title Ethics and the Environment
Publisher Indiana University Press
Publication Date 04/2005
Keywords Animals
Conflicts of interest
Interest (Psychology)
Interest groups
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