Special Issue "Animal Ethics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2018).
Ethics is a matter of practical reasoning. It concerns what decisions we make, how we act, and what kinds of people we try to be. It is an important, perhaps the most important, part of human activity. We want—and should want—to be moral.
How we treat animals is a key ethical concern. Human activity affects billions of farm, companion, laboratory and wild animals in countless deliberate and accidental interactions. While ethics has largely focused on matters about humans interact with one another, there has been a constant thread relating to questions of how we treat animals.
The research raises myriad questions about what determines an animal’s ethical status, the role of particular moral agents such as veterinarians and researchers, how we balance our duties to animals with our responsibilities to other animals and humans, and how we might defend—or challenge—our differential treatment of humans and other species. While these questions have received increasing attention over the last half century, there is limited academic or social consensus on how we should treat animals.
Original manuscripts that address any aspects of animal ethics are invited for this special issue. Topics of special interest are how animal ethics relates to animal science, the ethics of animal research, veterinary ethics and the ways in which we can encourage ethical thinking about animals and inform decision-making in practical applications.
Dr. James Yeates
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- animal ethics
- moral status
- animal cognition
- veterinary ethics