Virtue Ethics and Animal Law

31 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2012

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Taimie L. Bryant

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Date Written: December 13, 2012


This essay explores virtue ethical concepts in the context of animal law theory and practice. For reasons discussed in the essay, virtue ethics may not, on its own, serve as an adequate foundation for general anticruelty statutes, but it may have application in those contexts in which sufficient sharing of values enables participants in legal reform to work through differences in moral commitments to generate at least temporarily acceptable laws. The article considers a detailed example of that type of application, based on the actual and realistic situation of legislator-requested feral cat colony caretakers’ participation in the development of ordinances that regulate the management of such colonies.

Keywords: anticruelty statutes, philosophical approach to animal law reform, moral philosophy

Suggested Citation

Bryant, Taimie L., Virtue Ethics and Animal Law (December 13, 2012). UCLA School of Law Research Paper No. 12-28, Available at SSRN:

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