College Station, Texas, United States of America
Areas of Specialization
Applied Ethics
Areas of Interest
Applied Ethics
Normative Ethics
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    Response to “Vulnerability, Dependence, and Special Obligations to Domesticated Animals” by Elijah Weber
    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (4): 695-703. 2015.
    This paper responds to Elijah Weber’s “Vulnerability, Dependence, and Special Obligations to Domesticated Animals: A Reply to Palmer”. Weber’s paper develops significant objections to the account of special obligations I developed in my book Animal Ethics in Context, in particular concerning our obligations to companion animals. In this book, I made wide-ranging claims about how we may acquire special obligations to animals, including being a beneficiary of an institution that creates vulnerable…Read more
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    Should we help wild animals suffering negative impacts from climate change?
    In Svenja Springer & Herwig Grimm (eds.), Professionals in food chains, Wageningen Academic Publishers. pp. 35-40. 2018.
    Should we help wild animals suffering negative impacts from anthropogenic climate change? It follows from diverse ethical positions that we should, although this idea troubles defenders of wildness value. One already existing climate threat to wild animals, especially in the Arctic, is the disruption of food chains. I take polar bears as my example here: Should we help starving polar bears? If so, how? A recent scientific paper suggests that as bears’ food access worsens due to a changing climat…Read more
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    Should We Move the Whitebark Pine? Assisted Migration, Ethics and Global Environmental Change
    with Brendon M. H. Larson
    Environmental Values 23 (6): 641-662. 2014.
    Some species face extinction if they are unable to keep pace with climate change. Yet proposals to assist threatened species’ poleward or uphill migration (‘assisted migration’) have caused significant controversy among conservationists, not least because assisted migration seems to threaten some values, even as it protects others. To date, however, analysis of ethical and value questions about assisted migration has largely remained abstract, removed from the ultimately pragmatic decision about…Read more
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    Animals, colonisation and urbanisation
    Philosophy and Geography 6 (1): 47-58. 2003.
    Urbanization and development of green spaces is continuing worldwide. Such development frequently engulfs the habitats of native animals, with a variety of effects on their existence, location and ways of living. This paper attempts to theorize about some of these effects, drawing on aspects of Foucault's discussions of power and using a metaphor of human colonization, where colonization is understood as an "ongoing process of dispossession, negotiation, transformation, and resistance." It argue…Read more
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    Beyond Castration and Culling: Should We Use Non-surgical, Pharmacological Methods to Control the Sexual Behavior and Reproduction of Animals?
    with Hanne Gervi Pedersen and Peter Sandøe
    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 31 (2): 197-218. 2018.
    This paper explores ethical issues raised by the application of non-surgical, pharmaceutical fertility control to manage reproductive behaviors in domesticated and wild animal species. We focus on methods that interfere with the effects of GnRH, making animals infertile and significantly suppressing sexual behavior in both sexes. The paper is anchored by considering ethical issues raised by four diverse cases: the use of pharmaceutical fertility control in male slaughter pigs, domesticated stall…Read more
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    In Ian Ball, Margaret Goodall, Clare Palmer & John Reader (eds.), The Earth Beneath, Spck. pp. 67-87. 1992.
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    Que vient faire un article sur Foucault, le pouvoir et les relations entre l’homme et l’animal, dans une revue consacrée à des problématiques environnementales, a fortiori lorsque, en fait d’animaux, il est surtout question, comme on le verra, d’animaux domestiques? Une telle étude n’est-elle pas insuffisamment « environnementale »? Sans doute l’est-elle si, par « environnement », l’on entend quelque...
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    Encouraging Self-Reflection by Veterinary Clinicians: Ethics on the Clinic Floor
    with Sandra A. Corr and Peter Sandøe
    American Journal of Bioethics 18 (2): 55-57. 2018.
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    Value Conflicts in Feral Cat Management: Trap-Neuter-Return or Trap-Euthanize
    In Michael Appleby, Dan Weary & Peter Sandoe (eds.), Dilemmas in Animal Welfare, Cabi International. pp. 148-168. 2014.
    This chapter explores the key values at stake in feral cat management, focusing on the debate over whether to use trap-neuter-return or trap-euthanize as management tools for cat populations. The chapter provides empirical background on unowned cats, sketches widely used arguments in favour of reducing cat populations and considers how these arguments relate to important and widely held values including the value of lives, subjective experiences and species. The chapter promotes critical underst…Read more
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    CLARE PALMER | : This paper argues that there is no simple rift between animal liberation and environmental ethics in terms of strategies for environmental conservation. The situation is much more complicated, with multiple fault lines that can divide both environmental ethicists from one another and animal ethicists from one another—but that can also create unexpected convergences between these two groups. First, the paper gives an account of the alleged rift between animal liberation and envir…Read more
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    Assisted Colonization is No Panacea, but Let's Not Discount it Either
    with Brendon M. H. Larson
    Ethics, Policy and Environment 16 (1): 16-18. 2013.
    No abstract
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    Influential parts of the veterinary profession, and notably the American Veterinary Medicine Association, are promoting the routine neutering of cats and dogs that will not be used for breeding purposes. However, this view is not universally held, even among representatives of the veterinary profession. In particular, some veterinary associations in Europe defend the view that when reproduction is not an issue, then neutering, particularly of dogs, should be decided on a case-by-case basis. How…Read more
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    Can - and should - we make reparation to Nature?
    In William P. Kabasenche, Michael O'Rourke & Matther Slater (eds.), The Environment: Philosophy, Science, Ethics, Mit Press. pp. 201-222. 2012.
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    Landscape and Value in the work of Alfred Wainwright
    Landscape Research 32 (4): 397-421. 2007.
    Alfred Wainwright was arguably the best known British guidebook writer of the20th century, and his work has been highly influential in promoting and directing fell-walking in northern Britain, in particular in the English Lake District. His work has, however, received little critical attention. This paper represents an initial attempt to undertake such a study. We examine Wainwright’s work through the lens of the landscape values and aesthetics that, we suggest,underpins it, and by an exploration…Read more
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    “Taming the Wild Profusion of Existing Things”?
    Environmental Ethics 23 (4): 339-358. 2001.
    I explore how some aspects of Foucoult’s work on power can be applied to human/animal power relations. First, I argue that because animals behave as “beings that react” and can respond in different ways to human actions, in principle at least, Foucoult’s work can offer insights into human/animal power relations. However, many of these relations fall into the category of “domination,” in which animals are unable to respond. Second, I examine different kinds of human power practices, in particular…Read more
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    Attfield and Animals: Capacities and Relations in Attfield's Environmental Ethics
    In Rebekah Humphries & Sophie Vlacos (eds.), Creation, Environment and Ethics, Cambridge Scholars Press. pp. 105-120. 2011.
    Robin Attfield's work has been central to the development of environmental philosophy in a number of key areas, including stewardship, population, human development and the moral standing of living organisms. In this paper, I'll focus primarily on just one aspect of Attfield's work: human moral obligations to sentient animals. I'll first outline how, and in what ways, Attfield has argued that such animals are morally important. I'll then suggest that while providing a good grounding for some ce…Read more
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    Introduction to the Special Edition on Engineering and Animal Ethics
    with Gary Varner
    Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 31 (2): 137-142. 2018.