Fundamentalism vs Pragmatism (Mirror Productions)

Anti-cruelty laws can sometimes be ethically acceptable.

Background for this Article

Another academic article in general audience language, which argues that legislation that merely reduces suffering can sometimes be ethically acceptable and effective in both the short- and long-terms.

The paper is available for pdf download.

Additionally, there is a chart summarizing the difference between these two ethics. It both explains the false attractiveness of fundamentalism and demonstrates the real superiority of pragmatism in terms of what is best for animals. However, the table is a simplification of aspects of "Animal Rights Law," and therefore is a heuristic tool in relation to that essay rather than something intended to stand entirely on its own.