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A Modern Story of Animal Advocacy

  • Philip J. SampsonEmail author
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Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)

Abstract

It is hard to reconcile the assertion that animal-friendliness has increased during the twentieth century, with the unprecedented scale of the violent subjection of animals for food and experimental purposes. Different narratives of the emergence of more compassionate ways of talking about animals are explored, including the languages of Enlightenment humanism and Darwinian science, and the changing face of social modernity. These narratives are shown to be deeply conflicted, with surprisingly little evidence that less cruel attitudes to animals are distinctively the product of modern ideologies or social change. Moreover, as accounts of the origin of more animal-friendly values, they obscure possible sources in the radical religious discourses of animal-human relationships before the twentieth century.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oxford Centre for Animal EthicsOxfordUK

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