The Ethics of Captivity


The Ethics of Captivity

Editor: Lori Gruen
Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2014

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In the United States roughly 2 million people are incarcerated; billions of animals are held captive (and then killed) in the food industry every year; hundreds of thousands of animals are kept in laboratories; thousands are in zoos and aquaria; millions of “pets” are captive in our homes.

Though conditions of captivity vary widely for humans and for other animals, there are common ethical themes that imprisonment raises, e.g., the value of liberty, the nature of autonomy, the meaning of dignity, and the impact of routine confinement on well-being, both physical and psychological. This volume brings together scholars, scientists, and sanctuary workers to address the ethical issues captivity raises. Section 1 contains chapters written by those with expert knowledge about particular conditions of captivity; chapters in Section 2 reflect on the social, political, and ethical issues raised by captivity.



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