Exploring the ethical basis of animal treatment in Malawi

  • Grivas M. Kayange
  • Simon Makwinja


The paper argues that the maltreatment/cruelty and destruction of animals common in Malawi is rooted in an African form of utilitarian ethics and a biased conception of animals that is promoted by Umunthu/Ubuntu ethical discourse. It explores the possibility of developing or discovering a moral ground for animal ethics discourse in the African context. Finally the paper proposes a Kantian version of animal rights as a way of dealing with various forms of cruelty towards animals in Malawi.

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eISSN: 1016-0728