Should Animals Have Political Rights?

Author:   Alasdair Cochrane
Publisher:   Polity Press
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9781509530052


Pages:   140
Publication Date:   08 November 2019
Format:   Hardback
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All political communities must make decisions about how to regulate the treatment of animals. Most states currently protect animals through outlawing the infliction of 'unnecessary suffering'. But do animals' rights end there? In this book, Alasdair Cochrane argues that states must go much further. Animals have rights to be protected not only from the cruelty of individuals, but also from those structures and institutions which routinely (and, in some cases, necessarily) cause them harm, such as industrialised animal agriculture. But even that isn't adequate. In order to ensure that their interests are taken seriously, it is imperative that we represent their interests throughout the political process - they require not only rights to protection, but also to democratic membership. Cochrane's important intervention in this controversial debate will be essential reading for anyone interested in the intersection of political theory and animal rights.

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Author:   Alasdair Cochrane
Publisher:   Polity Press
Imprint:   Polity Press
Dimensions:   Width: 13.50cm , Height: 1.60cm , Length: 18.90cm
Weight:   0.234kg
ISBN:  

9781509530052


ISBN 10:   1509530053
Pages:   140
Publication Date:   08 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Animal Welfare Legislation 3. Constitutional Provisions 4. Legal Personhood 5. Membership 6. Democratic Representation 7. Conclusion: Political Rights for Animals

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'Clear, concise, comprehensive and packed with information, arguments and case studies, this book is the best resource that currently exists for anyone interested in learning about the legal and political status of animals.' Jeff Sebo, New York University 'Convincingly argued and engagingly written, Cochrane shows us how the interests of non-human animals ought to be politically protected, advanced and represented in a just society.' Steve Cooke, University of Leicester


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Alasdair Cochrane is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Sheffield

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