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Reinterpreting the SDGs: Taking Animals into Direct Consideration

Department of Animal Environment and Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 843; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020843
Received: 18 December 2020 / Revised: 12 January 2021 / Accepted: 13 January 2021 / Published: 16 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Animal Welfare and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals)
The United Nations Agenda 2030 contains 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). These goals are formulated in anthropocentric terms, meaning that they are to be achieved for the sake of humans. As such, the SDGs are neglecting the interests and welfare of non-human animals. Our aim in this paper was to ethically evaluate the assumptions that underlie the current anthropocentric stance of the SDGs. We argue that there are no good reasons to uphold these assumptions, and that the SDGs should therefore be reconsidered so that they take non-human animals into direct consideration. This has some interesting implications for how we should understand and fulfil the pursuit of sustainability in general. Most noticeably, several SDGs—such as those regarding zero hunger (SDG 2), good health and wellbeing (SDG 3), clean water and sanitation (SDG 6)—should be achieved for animals as well. Moreover, the measures we undertake in order to achieve the SDGs for humans must also take into direct account their effects on non-human animals. View Full-Text
Keywords: sustainable development goals; anthropocentrism; moral standing; animal ethics sustainable development goals; anthropocentrism; moral standing; animal ethics
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Torpman, O.; Röcklinsberg, H. Reinterpreting the SDGs: Taking Animals into Direct Consideration. Sustainability 2021, 13, 843. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020843

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