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02/15/2010

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Patrick S. O'Donnell

Steve,

Re: "In the Christian world, my impression is that most are blase about eating the products of factory farms, let alone concerned about consuming creatures who are more intelligent and caring than ordinarily believed."

I think you're right, although among the more notable exceptions, at least in the academic world, I'd cite first, the (conservative) philosopher Roger Scruton, who does not argue for vegetarianism, let alone veganism, but at least has attempted to treat these issues in a thoughtful manner, given the metaphysical premises of his worldview. Scruton opposes factory farming (and 'factory' fishing), for example, but has defended hunting.

Second, and more to my own liking, is the work of Professor Andrew Linzey, Director of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. His latest book, which I've yet to read, is Why Animal Suffering Matters: Philosophy, Theology, and Practical Ethics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009). Here's the link to the Centre: http://www.oxfordanimalethics.com/home/

Scruton reviewed Linzey's book for the Times Literary Supplement: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/the_tls/article6977689.ece

Linzey replies here: http://www.oxfordanimalethics.com/what-we-do/commentary/debating-with-scruton-in-the-tls/

Another Christian philosopher, Daniel Dombrowski, has long been concerned with animal ethics, having penned, for instance, The Philosophy of Vegetarianism (1984). His academic webpage is here: http://www.seattleu.edu/artsci/philosophy/Default.aspx?id=1200

Finally, Stephen R.L. Clark's work is important: http://pcwww.liv.ac.uk/~srlclark/srlc.htm

The relevant writings (up to 2008) of these and others on animal ethics, rights, and law are found here: http://www.jurisdynamics.net/files/documents/animals.doc

Best wishes,
Patrick

Ann

It is the General Convention of The Episcopal Church - more here

Ann

The link did not go through above

http://ecusa.anglican.org/gc2009.htm

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