Treating Animals Humanely
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 3 April 2011, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 3 April 2011, I answered a question on treating animals humanely.
What does it mean to treat an animal humanely? The term "humanely" when applied to animals is confusing to me. More generally, what is the proper moral treatment of animals?
My Answer, In Brief: To treat an animal humanely means to act in a benevolent way toward it. A person ought to act toward animals in such a way that respects the nature of the animal and the context of the interaction, in pursuit of his own self-interest. Generally, particularly with domesticated animals, that means acting kindly but firmly. Brutality toward animals is often ineffective, dangerous, and reveals moral depravity.
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