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Reinterpreting the SDGs: Taking Animals into Direct Consideration

Torpman, Olle and Röcklinsberg, Helena (2021). Reinterpreting the SDGs: Taking Animals into Direct Consideration. Sustainability. 13 , 843
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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.

Authors/Creators:Torpman, Olle and Röcklinsberg, Helena
Title:Reinterpreting the SDGs: Taking Animals into Direct Consideration
Series Name/Journal:Sustainability
Year of publishing :2021
Article number:843
Number of Pages:11
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 402 Animal and Dairy Science > Animal and Dairy Science.
Keywords:sustainable development goals, anthropocentrism, moral standing, animal ethics
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Web of Science (WoS)000612060800001
ID Code:23471
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
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Deposited On:11 May 2021 11:23
Metadata Last Modified:03 Aug 2021 14:02

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