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J Bioeth Inq. 2013 Dec;10(4):479-84. doi: 10.1007/s11673-013-9477-0. Epub 2013 Oct 3.

Our love for animals.

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Oxford University, Brinkworth, Wiltshire, UK, rogerscruton@mac.com.

Abstract

Love does not necessarily benefit its object, and cost-free love may damage both object and subject. Our love of animals mobilises several distinct human concerns and should not be considered always as a virtue or always as a benefit to the animals themselves. We need to place this love in its full psychological, cultural, and moral context in order to assess what form it ought to take if animals are to benefit from it.

PMID:
24092399
DOI:
10.1007/s11673-013-9477-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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