Animal Sentience 29 (8) (2020)

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Susana Monsó
Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia
Abstract
In their target article, Mikhalevich & Powell (M&P) argue that we should extend moral protection to arthropods. In this commentary, we show that there are some unforeseen obstacles to applying the sort of individualistic welfare-based ethics that M&P have in mind to certain arthropods, namely, insects. These obstacles have to do with the fact that there are often many more individuals involved in our dealings with insects than our ethical theories anticipate, and also with the fact that, in some sense, some insects count as more than an individual and, in another sense, they sometimes count as less than an individual.
Keywords nonhuman animals  animal ethics  insects  moral individualism  eusociality  metamorphosis
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