Animals

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Inconsistency in Animal Abuse

Many express outrage at news stories involving the poor care of pets, but the implications of our indignation often go unnoticed.
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Moral Standing and Human Monkeys

Recent experiments have put pressure on the divisions we draw between human and animals. What does it take to be a right-bearing entity?
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Passing the Mirror Test and the Wrong of Pain

We often define the moral community on the basis of whether a being is self-aware or not. But what happens when our scientific conceptions of consciousness change?
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The Moral Quandary of Testing on Animals

Animal testing is controversial, and it's because of questions ranging from consent to suffering to the 'greater good.'
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Considering Custody Arrangements for Companion Animals

How should we determine custody of companion animals in cases of divorce? Similar to child custody? California and Alaska say yes.
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The Real-Life Consequences of Demonizing Sharks

While scary shark movies can be fun to watch, they negatively effect our understanding the importance of sharks in their ecosystems.
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Swimming with Dolphins

Humans want to experience the beauty of dolphins, but we don't realize how much harm we might be causing them.
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Saving Animals in Emergencies: The California Wildfires

In times of emergency, it's often hard for families to decide what to do with their pets. What should be our moral obligations towards our domesticated animals?
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Rethinking Modification of the Natural World

Humans have been modifying the natural world for millennia. But what is right -- the way the world was, or what we change it to be?
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The Ethical Ramifications of Legalizing the Exotic Wildlife Trade

China's decision to permit the sale of rhino horns and tiger bones is controversial - but it's more than an ecological crisis. It's also about traditional medicine and preserving a culture.