This page aims to make learning about animal ethicsas easy as possible by bringing together the best articles, podcasts, and videos from across the internet onto one page. To get started, simply choose one of the resources listed below, or browse a selection of key quotes on animal ethics at the bottom of the page.
This section features articles from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The SEP is probably the most comprehensive online philosophy resource. It features in-depth articles on a huge number of philosophical topics, however, it is aimed at an academic audience and may be too detailed and technical for beginners. The IEP is generally more beginner-friendly but is also considered to be less reliable. Wikipedia is also an option, but it is much less reliable than either of these.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
This section features short articles written by professional philosophers and aimed at a general audience. These articles are ideal for anyone looking for a shorter or more beginner-friendly introduction to animal ethics than the encyclopedia articles listed above.
- We have an ethical obligation to relieve individual animal suffering
- A ‘humanely’ killed animal is still killed – and that’s wrong
- Face it: a farmed animal is someone, not something
- ‘No kill’ animal rescue is a disaster for animal welfare
The Times Literary Supplement
- Double standards in animal ethics: why is a lab mouse better protected than a cow?
- Animal welfare and animal rights are very different beasts
- What philosophers have to say about eating meat
This section features episodes from leading philosophy podcasts. These are also aimed at a general audience and are a good option for beginners who prefer audio content.
- Peter Singer on Using Animals
- Gary L. Francione on Animal Abolitionism
- Christine Korsgaard on the Status of Animals
- Jeff McMahan on Vegetarianism
- Shelly Kagan on Speciesism
Short Videos (<30 mins)
This section features short videos aimed at beginners.
Lectures/Longer Videos (>30 mins)
This section features longer videos and lectures. These tend to be less beginner-friendly and aimed at a more academic audience.
This section features a selection of university course syllabi. Browsing course syllabi can be a useful way to find reading recommendations.
- Ethics and Animals – Phil 174a | Harvard University
- Ethics and Animals – New York University
- Animal Ethics – PHI 381 | Eastern Kentucky University
- Animal Bioethics – PHIL 543 | University of Wisconsin
This section features requests for book recommendations on philosophy forums. These can also be useful to browse when trying to find reading recommendations.
There is only so much that you can learn using free online resources. This section features books that may be useful if you’re looking to learn more about animal ethics. This list was created using the books featured in the course syllabi and forum recommendations above.
- Ethics and Animals: An Introduction – Lori Gruen
- The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics – Tom L. Beauchamp & R.G. Frey
- The Animal Ethics Reader – Susan J. Armstrong & Richard G. Botzler
- Animal Liberation – Peter Singer
- The Case for Animal Rights – Tom Regan
This section features a selection of key quotes on animal ethics.
A full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day, or a week, or even a month old. But suppose the case were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?
– An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation
To protest about bullfighting in Spain, the eating of dogs in South Korea, or the slaughter of baby seals in Canada while continuing to eat eggs from hens who have spent their lives crammed into cages, or veal from calves who have been deprived of their mothers, their proper diet, and the freedom to lie down with their legs extended, is like denouncing apartheid in South Africa while asking your neighbors not to sell their houses to blacks.
– Animal Liberation, IV
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