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The Ethics of Animal Labor. © Palgrave Macmillan

The Ethics of Animal Labor - A collaborative utopia

A book edited by Jocelyne Porcher (UMR Innovation). The book presents a unique understanding of human-animal relations in agriculture and culture.

Updated on 03/09/2017
Published on 03/02/2017

This book argues for a moral consideration of animal work relations. Paying special attention to the livestock industry, the author challenges the zootechnical denigration of animals for increased productivity awhile championing the collaborative nature of work. For Porcher, work is not merely a means to production but a means of living together unity. This unique reconsideration of work envisions animals as co-laborers with humans, rather than overwrought tools for exploitative, and often lethal, employment. Readers will learn about the disjunction between those focused on productivity and profit and those who favor a more ethical work environment for animals. Porcher's text also engages environmental and political debates concerning animal-human relations.


Jocelyne Porcher, 2017. The Ethics of Animal Labor - A collaborative utopia. Palgrave Macmillan. 135p.  >>>

Jocelyne Porcher is Director of Research at INRA-SAD, France. Her research concerns relations between humans and animals at work.