Public moral convictions about animals in the Netherlands: culling healthy animals as a moral problem

N.E. Cohen, E.N. Stassen

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Abstract

In this chapter the dynamics of public moral convictions about animals in the Netherlands are described in the context of animal disease epidemics. A change has taken place in these convictions, due to a shift in the relational value of animals and the emergence of new animal practices in Dutch rural countryside. This played a major part in the public resistance against the large scale culling of healthy animals in recent animal disease epidemics. The chapter describes and analyses the moral values at stake and argues that differences in the choice and weight of these values were at the heart of this conflict. New policy acknowledging the relevance of these values is briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe end of animal life: a start for ethical debate
Subtitle of host publicationEthical and societal considerations on killing animals
EditorsStassen E.N., Meijboom F.L.B.
Place of PublicationWageningen, the Netherlands
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages137-148
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868087
ISBN (Print)9789086862603
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • culling
  • value of life
  • risk of harm

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