In this chapter, I briefly present the foundational arguments for granting animals moral consideration, as developed by Tom Regan and Peter Singer. I also address the main feminist critiques to these arguments, which are rooted in the feminist care tradition and vegetarian ecofeminism. To evaluate these divergent philosophies of animal rights, I use studies that demographically and psychologically examine animal rights activists, vegans, and vegetarians (veg’ns) in order to contextualize and illuminate animal rights theory. This allows for an understanding of theory as a dialectical system of praxis, whereby theory and practice inform each other.
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- Nonhuman Animal
- Moral Consideration
- Feminist Critique
- Emotional Connection
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Glasser, C.L. (2011). Rational Emotions: Animal Rights Theory, Feminist Critiques and Activist Insight. In: Blazina, C., Boyraz, G., Shen-Miller, D. (eds) The Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9761-6_18
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