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Simon Coghlan

Simon Coghlan

Simon Coghlan is a philosopher at the Australian Catholic University. He is also a veterinarian at a companion animal vet clinic in Melbourne. He writes on moral philosophy, animal ethics, professional ethics, and environmental philosophy.

Simon Coghlan reviews 'Run, Spot, Run: The ethics of keeping pets' by Jessica Pierce

October 2016, no. 385 26 September 2016
A sea change has occurred in the way we regard pets. In recent decades the West has fervently embraced pet keeping. Australia has one of the world's highest levels of pet ownership. Moreover, pets are described as 'members of the family'. Pets sleep on our beds, join us on holidays, and receive human-grade medical treatment. Furthermore, our moral concern for animals has generally risen. Witness t ... (read more)