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Should Animals Have Political Rights?

by Alasdair Cochrane

Part of the Political Theory Today Series

Should Animals Have Political Rights? Synopsis

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.

Should Animals Have Political Rights? Press Reviews

'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

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509530052
Publication date: 8th November 2019
Author: Alasdair Cochrane
Publisher: Polity Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 140 pages
Categories: Political science & theory,

About Alasdair Cochrane

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

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