Journal of agricultural ethics

, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp 225-234

First online:

Ethical obligations of veterinarians and animal scientists in animal agriculture

  • Bernard E. RollinAffiliated withColorado State University

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It is patent that society is evolving an ethic for the treatment of animals which goes well beyond the standard prohibitions against cruelty. This new ethic for animals takes the consensus ethic for the treatment of humans in society and extends it,mutatis mutandis, to the treatment of animals. Though this ethic has been applied first to research animals, its extension to agricultural animals is inevitable, and has already begun. This article explores the extent to which veterinary medicine and animal science, the major scientific fields relevant to animal agriculture, can accommodate the emerging ethic.


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