Exploring Different Philosophical Approaches to Animal Protection in Law

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Title Exploring Different Philosophical Approaches to Animal Protection in Law
Author White, Steven William
Book Title Animal Law in Australasia: A New Dialogue
Editor Peter Sankoff & Steven White
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher The Federation Press
Abstract The prevailing legal position for almost all animals is no more than that they deserve protection against gratuitous cruelty, consistent with an orthodox, narrow understanding of the moral significance of animals. But this position invites questions about where the line should be drawn. Why and to what extent do animals deserve protection from suffering? Why and to what extent do they deserve the opportunity to live a fulfilling life in accordance with their capabilities? On what basis should some animals be singled out for greater legal protection than others? This chapter considers some of the major contemporary contributions that have been made in answering these questions, and the ways in which these inform arguments for re-evaluating the legal status of animals. It is argued that while there are a variety of ways in which these questions may be addressed, a unifying theme is that a change in the prevailing orthodoxy on the moral significance of animals, as reflected in law, is warranted.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.federationpress.com.au/bookstore/book.asp?isbn=9781862877191
Alternative URI http://www.federationpress.com.au
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Federation Press. Please refer to the book link for access to the definitive, published version.
Chapter Number 4
Page from 79
Page to 107
ISBN 978 186287 719 1
Date Accessioned 2009-06-26
Language en_AU
Research Centre Socio-Legal Research Centre
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Law and Society
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/28052
Publication Type Book Chapters
Publication Type Code b1

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