Darwinian Dominion

Animal Welfare and Human Interests

The controversial subject of this book is the permissible use of animals by humans. Lewis Petrinovich argues that humans have a set of cognitive abilities, developing from a suite of emotional attachments, that make them unique among species. Although other animals can think, suffer, and have needs, the interests of members of the human species should triumph over comparable interests of members of other species.

This book is the third in a trilogy concerned with the morality of various actions that affect the birth, life, and death of organisms. Using principles of moral philosophy, biology, evolutionary theory, neurophysiology, medicine, and cognitive science, Petrinovich discusses such topics as fetal and prenatal development, development of the mind and brain, animal liberation, morality and animal research, the eating of animals, keeping animals in zoos and as pets, and the importance of biodiversity. In the epilogue, he summarizes the main issues and discusses the moral principles governing their resolution.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. I. Basic Principles
  3. 1. Evolutionary Issues
  4. 2. Primate Societies
  5. 3. Philosophical Background
  6. 4. Research Methods and the Aims of Science
  7. 5. Development of Sensing and Acting
  8. 6. Cognition and Mind: Humans and Nonhumans
  9. II. Animal Issues
  10. 7. Animal Rights
  11. 8. Animal Liberation and Speciesism
  12. 9. Morality and Animal Research
  13. 10. Research is...
  14. 11. Setting Research and Educational Policy
  15. 12. Eating the Other: Human and Nonhuman
  16. 13. Species Preservation, Zoos, and Pets
  17. 14. Epilogue
  18. References
  19. Name Index
  20. Subject Index