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Ethical Treatment of Animals

  1. Kenneth J. Shapiro

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0322

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Shapiro, K. J. 2010. Ethical Treatment of Animals. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. Animals and Society Institute, Washington, Grove, MD

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


More than any other single event, the publication of Singer's Animal Liberation (1976) reopened examination of contemporary society's many and varied uses of animals other than humans (hereafter, animals). This discussion occurred in three overlapping contexts: (1) governmental regulation and institutional self-regulation and the developments of (2) a major social justice movement, the animal rights movement (ARM), and (3) a field of study, human-animal studies (HAS). It has ushered in numerous policies implementing changes in how we treat nonhuman animals and in public recognition of and changes in attitudes toward the various issues.


  • ethics;
  • moral development;
  • speciesism;
  • human-animal studies