Date

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts

Department

Earth and Environmental Sciences

First Adviser

Gillroy, John

Abstract

Current law and policy regarding animal agriculture is guided by the market paradigm. The market paradigm fails to consider the intrinsic value of animals involved, and encourages factory farming that causes significant environmental degradation. In order to right the wrongs associated with factory farming, we must address the system that justifies these practices which is the market paradigm and its operating principle of Kaldor efficiency. Drawing on Paul Taylor’s biocentric environmental ethic, I propose an alternative paradigm for policy argument about regulation of animal agriculture. This paradigm is based on the core principle of being-egalitarianism and is grounded in an attitude of respect for nature.

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