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Angela Martin at UPF-CAE

Angela Martin at UPF-CAE

Affirmative Action for Animals – What Justice Demands?

19.02.2020

 

Angela Martin, from University of Basel (Switzerland), gave a talk at UPF-CAE on 19 February, 12h

Abstract: Anti-speciesism requires, amongst other things, equal consideration of equal interests, regardless of species membership. Currently, we live in a society that often does not give equal weight to the interests of animals. Most animal groups are at high risk of having their interests unjustly considered by moral agents due to speciesist prejudices. In my talk, I address the question of whether, in order to remedy these discriminations, animals currently have a claim for affirmative action. In the first part of my talk, I make some distinctions about the notions of discrimination and affirmative action. In the second part of my talk, I show that any animal groups – amongst others, farmed animals, animals used in laboratories, and animals in nature – currently do not have their most basic interests justly considered by moral agents due to speciesist prejudices. In the third part of my talk, I argue that, in order to remedy these injustices, animals have a claim for affirmative action. I outline what this means in practice and defend my position against potential objections.
 

Angela Martin has a PhD in philosophy from Geneva University and specialises in applied ethics, especially animal ethics and medical ethics. After postdocs in Canada, Germany and Switzerland, she currently leads her own research project on positive duties of assistance towards animals at Basel University in Switzerland. 

 

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