In Andrew Linzey & Clair Linzey (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan Uk. pp. 373-393 (2018)

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This chapter reflects on the suffering of nonhuman animals who are “domesticated” and who are considered to be the property of humans. Of course, both free-living and “domesticated” nonhuman animals suffer through being discriminated against and exploited by humans, but the focus in this chapter is the suffering that is authorized by laws that designate nonhuman animals as the property of humans. In particular, consideration is given to the suffering that humans impose on nonhuman animals with whom we often have the closest bonds, our companion animals. The unauthorized suffering that results from wanton cruelty to and neglect of our nonhuman companions is discussed and this is followed by consideration of how the lives of even the most loved and cherished companion animals are typically characterized by a lack of freedom and an absence of self-determination. In terms of our relations with our companion nonhumans, the chapter also reflects on the related suffering that humans impose on other nonhuman animals who are much less-valued, those who suffer and die to sustain a range of industries that are associated with the care of those who are often referred to as our “pets”.
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