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The Ethics of Animal Labor

A Collaborative Utopia


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jocelyne Porcher
    Pages 1-22
  3. Jocelyne Porcher
    Pages 23-45
  4. Jocelyne Porcher
    Pages 47-71
  5. Jocelyne Porcher
    Pages 73-83
  6. Jocelyne Porcher
    Pages 85-100
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 121-135

About this book


This work argues for a moral consideration of animal work relations. Paying special attention to the livestock industry, the author challenges the zootechnical denigration of animals for increased productivity awhile championing the collaborative nature of work. For Porcher, work is not merely a means to production but a means of living together unity. This unique reconsideration of work envisions animals as co-laborers with humans, rather than overwrought tools for exploitative, and often lethal, employment. Readers will learn about the disjunction between those focused on productivity and profit and those who favor a more ethical work environment for animals. Porcher's text also engages environmental and political debates concerning animal-human relations.


Human-animal relations Ethical treatment of animals Animal husbandry Animal work Labor relations Environment

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Campus SupAgroINRA, UMR 0951 Innovation Campus SupAgroMontpellier Cedex 2France

About the authors

Jocelyne Porcher is Director of Research at INRA-SAD, France. Her research concerns relations between humans and animals at work.

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