I am an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the co-president of the Society for the Study of Ethics and Animals. I write primarily about the moral treatment of other animals, and my current research focuses on what I call the “hard problems of animal rights.” I think it’s terribly clear that we ought not to intentionally harm animals just for food, sport, entertainment, or clothing. But what’s not clear is whether, and under what conditions, we can harm animals to help others in dire need or to prevent serious harm from coming into existence in the first place. In cleaning up the many unjust messes in …

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