Animal Ethics

Animal ethics is concerned with the issue of a morally appropriate treatment of animals. A decisive course is set by the question of whether humans owe moral consideration to (certain) animal species, thus granting them independent rights, or whether in dealing with some animals certain duties are to be considered, which, in the end, always derive from human interests in these animals. Ethical questions concerning the appropriate use of animals, whether in agriculture for food production or as laboratory animals for research purposes, are of particular social relevance.