English, Article edition: World Poverty, Animal Minds and the Ethics of Veterinary Expenditure John Hadley; Siobhan O'Sullivan

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  • World Poverty, Animal Minds and the Ethics of Veterinary Expenditure
Author
  • John Hadley
  • Siobhan O'Sullivan
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  • In this paper we make an argument for limiting veterinary expenditure on companion animals. The argument combines two principles: the obligation to give and the self-consciousness requirement. In line with the former, we ought to give money to organisations helping to alleviate preventable suffering and death in developing countries; the latter states that it is only intrinsically wrong to painlessly kill an individual that is self-conscious. Combined, the two principles inform an argument along the following lines: rather than spending inordinate amounts of money on veterinary care when a companion animal is sick or injured, it is better to give the money to an aid organisation and painlessly kill the animal.
  • Pet keeping, giving to charity, utilitarianism, Singer, Shallow Pond
  • RePEc:env:journl:ev18:ev1815
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