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Ethical Issues In Geriatric Feline Medicine, Bernard E. Rollin Jun 2016

Ethical Issues In Geriatric Feline Medicine, Bernard E. Rollin

Bernard Rollin, Ph.D.

Most veterinarians hold a ‘pediatric’ rather than ‘garage mechanic’ view of their function. In recent years, sophisticated medical modalities have allowed veterinarians to keep animals alive, and increased value of companion animals in society has increased demand for such treatment. But whereas humans can choose to trade current suffering for extended life, animals seem to lack the cognitive apparatus required to do so. Thus, veterinarians must guard against keeping a suffering animal alive for too long. Clients may be emotionally tied to the animal and blind to its suffering. Part of the veterinarian’s role, therefore, is to lead the ...


Rodeo And Recollection-Applied Ethics And Western Philosophy, Bernard E. Rollin Jun 2016

Rodeo And Recollection-Applied Ethics And Western Philosophy, Bernard E. Rollin

Bernard Rollin, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Reasonable Partiality And Animal Ethics, Bernard E. Rollin Jun 2016

Reasonable Partiality And Animal Ethics, Bernard E. Rollin

Bernard Rollin, Ph.D.

Moral psychology is often ignored in ethical theory, making applied ethics difficult to achieve in practice. This is particularly true in the new field of animal ethics. One key feature of moral psychology is recognition of the moral primacy of those with whom we enjoy relationships of love and friendship -philia in Aristotle's term. Although a radically new ethic for animal treatment is emerging in society, its full expression is severely limited by our exploitative uses of animals. At this historical moment, only the animals with whom we enjoy philia - companion animals - can be treated with unrestricted moral concern ...


Ethics And Euthanasia, Bernard E. Rollin Jun 2016

Ethics And Euthanasia, Bernard E. Rollin

Bernard Rollin, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


An Ethicist's Commentary On Whether Veterinarians Should Report Cruelty, Bernard E. Rollin Jun 2016

An Ethicist's Commentary On Whether Veterinarians Should Report Cruelty, Bernard E. Rollin

Bernard Rollin, Ph.D.

No abstract provided.


Definition Of The Concept Of "Humane Treatment" In Relation To Food And Laboratory Animals, Bernard E. Rollin Jun 2016

Definition Of The Concept Of "Humane Treatment" In Relation To Food And Laboratory Animals, Bernard E. Rollin

Bernard Rollin, Ph.D.

The very title of this talk makes a suggestion which must be forestalled, namely the idea that laboratory and food animals enjoy some exceptional moral status by virtue of the fact that we use them. In fact, it is extremely difficult to find any morally relevant grounds for distinguishing between food and laboratory animals and other animals and, far more dramatically, between animals and humans. The same conditions which require that we apply moral categories to humans rationally require that we apply them to animals as well. While it is obviously pragmatically impossible in our current sociocultural setting to expect ...