Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp 469–478 | Cite as

The Dying Animal

  • Jessica PierceEmail author
Original Research


The study of animal death is poised to blossom into an exciting new interdisciplinary field—and one with profound relevance for bioethics. Areas of interest include the biology and evolution of death-related behavior in nonhuman animals, as well as human social, psychological, cultural, and moral attitudes toward and practices related to animal death. In this paper, I offer a brief overview of what we know about death-related behavior in animals. I will then sketch some of the bioethical implications of this emerging field of research.


Animals Death Death-related behavior Grief Bioethics Primates Companion animals Killing Thanatology 


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  1. 1.LyonsUSA

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