The main aim of this paper is to demonstrate the need for a reassessment of the moral status of pets. I argue that pets rest on an undefined ethical borderline, which brings several puzzling problems to both human-centered ethics and animal ethics and that neither of these fields adequately handles these issues. I focus specifically on human relationships with companion animals as one of the most significant interspecific relationship involving humans and pets. I also show that a deeper questioning of the moral status of pets is a required step toward the moral rethinking of human-animal relationships.
|Titolo:||Humans’ Best Friend? The Ethical Dilemma of Pets|
ANDREOZZI, MATTEO (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||Pets ; companion animals ; animal welfare ; animal liberation ; animal rights ; impartialism ; partialism ; intrinsic value ; special duties; relational ethics ; contextual ethics|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-FIL/03 - Filosofia Morale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||13-nov-2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.7358/rela-2013-002-andr|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|