The Ethics of Touch and the Importance of Nonhuman Relationships in Animal Agriculture

  title={The Ethics of Touch and the Importance of Nonhuman Relationships in Animal Agriculture},
  author={Steve Cooke},
  journal={Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics},
  • S. Cooke
  • Published 1 April 2021
  • Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics
Animal agriculture predominantly involves farming social animals. At the same time, the nature of agriculture requires severely disrupting, eliminating, and controlling the relationships that matter to those animals, resulting in harm and unhappiness for them. These disruptions harm animals, both physically and psychologically. Stressed animals are also bad for farmers because stressed animals are less safe to handle, produce less, get sick more, and produce poorer quality meat. As a result… 
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