The first part of this article outlines traditional and Christian ethical arguments about animal autonomy, in particular as these relate to the question of vegetarian practice; it goes on (in the second section) to indicate some ways in which more recent feminist and eco-feminist arguments help to steer a path through what has become something of an ethical dilemma. Some of these arguments point to the arts as most helpfully articulating, or at least beginning to imagine, ways of relating to the animal world. Consequently, the essay concludes by illustrating how one of the arts – poetry – may indeed point to what could be called an eco-spiritual approach to animal life, in particular through its use of metaphorical language, and thus offer a challenge to points of view that justify human dominion over non-human animal life.
|Translated title of the contribution||"Bitter to your stomach, but sweet as honey in your mouth”: Vegetarianism, animals and ecospiritual writing: working towards an ecofeminist poetic perspective|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|