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Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies


The purpose of this thesis, thus, is to provide a convincing account of the proper ethical treatment of animals. I will discuss some of the most popular theoretical frameworks, utilitarianism, Kantianism, and contractarianism, and see how they apply to animals. After explaining and critiquing these theories I will provide an alternative theory for the ethical treatment of animals, which should serve as the basis for our actions and guide our behavior towards animals, especially the eating of meat.

The argument I will be defending is neither abolitionist-granting animals the same rights as human beings and therefore rejecting all institutions involving the use of animals-nor does it support the status quo. My approach is reformist. It calls for a need to re-think our treatment of animals and establishes clear restrictions involving our behavior towards them, but certainly does not reject all uses of animals.