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Animal culture and animal welfare

Fitzpatrick, Simon and Andrews, Kristin (2022) Animal culture and animal welfare. Philosophy of Science, 89 (5). 1104 - 1113. ISSN 0031-8248

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Identification Number: 10.1017/psa.2022.34


Following recent arguments that cultural practices in wild animal populations have important conservation implications, we argue that recognizing captive animals as cultural has important welfare implications. Having a culture is of deep importance for cultural animals, wherever they live. Without understanding the cultural capacities of captive animals, we will be left with a deeply impoverished view of what they need to flourish. Best practices for welfare should therefore require concern for animals’ cultural needs, but the relationship between culture and welfare is also extremely complex, requiring us to rethink standard assumptions about what constitutes and contributes to welfare.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author(s)
Divisions: CPNSS
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2022 10:00
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 03:43

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