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Equal Treatment for Equal Relevance: The Unjustifiable Exemption of Farm Animals from Animal Cruelty Laws

Abstract In the past 100 years pet, zoo/aquarium, and research animals have gained unprecedented legal protection from unnecessary human harm via the creation of strict animal cruelty laws. Due to the work of moral philosophers and compassionate lawyers/judges animal cruelty laws have been improved to provide harsher punishments for violations, had their scopes widened to include more animals and had their language changed to better match our evolving conception of animals as independent living entities rather than as merely things for human use. However, while the group of pet, zoo/aquarium, and research animals has enjoyed more consideration by the US legal system, another group of animals has inexplicably been ignored. The farm animals that human... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Decoster, Miles (Author) / Mcgregor, Joan (Advisor) / Blackson, Thomas (Committee member) / Calhoun, Cheshire (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Ethics / Law / Agriculture / Animal / Equal / Farm / Law / Rights / Treatment
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 111 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Philosophy 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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