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The ethical contract as a tool in organic animal husbandry.

Lund, Vonne; Anthony, Raymond and Röcklinsberg, Helena LU (2004) In Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 17(1). p.23-49
Abstract
This article explores what an ethic for organic animal husbandry might look like, departing from the assumption that organic farming is substantially based in ecocentric ethics. We argue that farm animals are necessary functional partners in sustainable agroecosystems. This opens up additional ways to argue for their moral standing. We suggest an ethical contract to be used as a complementary to the ecocentric framework. We expound the content of the contract and end by suggesting how to apply this contract in practice. The contract enjoins us to share the wealth created in the agroecosystem (by our joint contributions) by enjoining us to care for the welfare and needs of the individual animal, and to protect them from exploitation (just... (More)
This article explores what an ethic for organic animal husbandry might look like, departing from the assumption that organic farming is substantially based in ecocentric ethics. We argue that farm animals are necessary functional partners in sustainable agroecosystems. This opens up additional ways to argue for their moral standing. We suggest an ethical contract to be used as a complementary to the ecocentric framework. We expound the content of the contract and end by suggesting how to apply this contract in practice. The contract enjoins us to share the wealth created in the agroecosystem (by our joint contributions) by enjoining us to care for the welfare and needs of the individual animal, and to protect them from exploitation (just as human co-workers should not be exploited). The contract makes promoting good animal welfare a necessary condition for benefiting from animals. Animals for their part are guaranteed

coverage under the contract so long as they continue to contribute to the system with products and services (Less)
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organic animal husbandry, organic livestock production, Contract ethics, organic farming, animal welfare
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Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
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17
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1
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23 - 49
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Springer
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1187-7863
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10.1023/B:JAGE.0000010843.60352.65
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English
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  author       = {Lund, Vonne and Anthony, Raymond and Röcklinsberg, Helena},
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  title        = {The ethical contract as a tool in organic animal husbandry.},
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  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2004},
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