Animal Studies Journal 9 (1):170-200 (2020)

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Cheryl (C.E.) Abbate
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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In a recent article, Corey Wrenn argues that in order to adequately address injustices done to animals, we ought to think systemically. Her argument stems from a critique of the individualist approach I employ to resolve a moral dilemma faced by animal sanctuaries, who sometimes must harm some animals to help others. But must systemic critiques of injustice be at odds with individualist approaches? In this paper, I respond to Wrenn by showing how individualist approaches that take seriously the notion of group responsibility can be deployed to solve complicated dilemmas that are products of injustice. Contra Wrenn, I argue that to adequately address injustice, acting individually, often within groups, is significantly more important than thinking systemically.
Keywords animal ethics  animals in captivity  moral dilemmas  animal rights  hunting  animal sanctuaries  individualism
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