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The Ethics of Captivity


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Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction -- Lori Gruen Section One 1. "Canis Familiaris: Companion and Captive" -- Alexandra Horowitz 2. "Cetacean Captivity" -- Lori Marino 3. "Captive Elephants" -- Catherine Doyle 4. "Captive Chimpanzees" - Stephen R. Ross 5. "Rabbits in Captivity" -- Margo DeMello 6. "Captivity in the Context of a Sanctuary for Formerly Farmed Animals" -- Miriam Jones 7. "Life Behind Bars" -- John Bryant, James Davis, David Haywood, Clyde Meikle, Andre Pierce 8. "Political Captivity" -- Lauren Gazzola Section Two 9. "For their Own Good: Captive Cats and Routine Confinement"-- Clare Palmer and Peter Sandoe 10. "Born in Chains? The Ethics of Domestication" -- Alasdair Cochrane 11. "The Confinement of Laboratory Animals: Ethical and Conceptual Issues" -- Robert Strieffer 12. "Captive for Life: Conserving Extinct Species through Ex Situ Breeding" -- Irus Braveman 13. "Sanctuary, Not Remedy: The Problem of Captivity and the Need for Moral Repair" -- Karen S. Emmerman 14. "Dignity, Captivity, and an Ethics of Sight" -- Lori Gruen 15. "Captivity and Coercion" -- Lisa Rivera Index

About the Author

Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies at Wesleyan University where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies and directs the Ethics in Society Project. She is the author, most recently, of Ethics and Animals (2011) and co-editor with Carol Adams of Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth (2014).


"Combining heartfelt but sober descriptions of the captivity experiences of several animal species (including elephants and chimpanzees) and of human prisoners with examinations of the ethical problems captivity raises, these essays significantly challenge a range of practices that most people take for granted... This collection has much to offer... Recommended." --Choice "The Ethics of Captivity is a very important book and will make a significant and unique contribution to the literature on the lives of innumerable individuals. The essays cover a lot of ground both in dealing with the major issues and from a nice comparative perspective. This book must be widely read not only by academics but also by people who can make a difference for the billions of animals and millions of people who live in captivity. The content, organization, and accessible style of these essays will allow people with many different interests to learn about the ethics of captivity."--Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals, and editor of Ignoring Nature No More: The Case for Compassionate Conservation "The book's manifold perspectives deliver a valuably intricate understanding of the nuanced inflections we might consider when we assess and deliberate the ethics of captivity...generally intelligent and useful..." -- Journal of Animal Ethics

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