The Making of Modern Cruelty

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Part of the Palgrave Advances in Behavioral Economics book series (PABE)

Abstract

Modern cruelty to animals is both more extensive and more intensive than it was before Industrial Revolution. I attribute these trends to the ascendancy of distancing institutions (such as slaughterhouses and meat-packing plants) and the growing capacity for willful blindness. As we continue to specialize in tasks, find more distancing institutions, and invent ways of promoting willful blindness, we grow more oblivious to our cruelty to animals. We continue to weaken the link from cruelty to compassion, thereby inflicting more cruelty on animals. Further, when there is more cruelty, there is more incentive to promote willful blindness. Cruelty and blindness feed on each other.

Keywords

Distancing Willful blindness Cruelty 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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