Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions [NOOK Book]

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Millions of people live with cats, dogs, and other pets, which they treat as members of their families. But through their daily behavior, people who love those pets, and greatly care about their welfare, help ensure short and painful lives for millions, even billions of animals that cannot easily be distinguished from dogs and cats. Today, the overwhelming percentage of animals with whom Westerners interact are raised for food. Countless ...
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Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions

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Overview

Millions of people live with cats, dogs, and other pets, which they treat as members of their families. But through their daily behavior, people who love those pets, and greatly care about their welfare, help ensure short and painful lives for millions, even billions of animals that cannot easily be distinguished from dogs and cats. Today, the overwhelming percentage of animals with whom Westerners interact are raised for food. Countless animals endure lives of relentless misery and die often torturous deaths.

The use of animals by human beings, often for important human purposes, has forced uncomfortable questions to center stage: Should people change their behavior? Should the law promote animal welfare? Should animals have legal rights? Should animals continue to be counted as "property"? What reforms make sense?

Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum bring together an all-star cast of contributors to explore the legal and political issues that underlie the campaign for animal rights and the opposition to it. Addressing ethical questions about ownership, protection against unjustified suffering, and the ability of animals to make their own choices free from human control, the authors offer numerous different perspectives on animal rights and animal welfare. They show that whatever one's ultimate conclusions, the relationship between human beings and nonhuman animals is being fundamentally rethought. This book offers a state-of-the-art treatment of that rethinking.

Contributors include:
Elizabeth Anderson
Cora Diamond
Richard A. Epstein
David Favre
Gary L. Francione
Gisela Kaplan
Catharine A. MacKinnon
Richard A. Posner
James Rachelsl Lesley J. Rogers
Peter Singer
Mariann Sullivan
Stephen M. Wise
David J. Wolfson
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"Eloquent essays."--The Atlantic Monthly

"...a wide range of thought-provoking responses....an accessible survey of the major ideas in this intellectually challenging debate."--The Federal Lawyer

"This collection of essays provides a fine introduction to a number of difficult and controversial questions. It is particularly strong in its treatment of the philosophical and legal issues that surround animal rights."--Science

"These 14 skillfully edited, high quality, and nicely balanced essays present a wide range of legal, political, and ethical perspectives on animal rights, and include some well-arranged sequences of competing arguments.... Recommended."--Choice

"Our society is in the midst of a major debate over animal rights, our duties, and the legal status of animals. This new compilation of essays has profoundly contributed to this debate.... Animal Rights is an incredible resource introducing readers to the basic issues in animal rights and highlighting directions animal advocates may go..."--Animal Law

"An important and thought-provoking work. Sunstein and Nussbaum illuminate issues that have the power to unite or divide those of us who care deeply about animals. By fostering better understanding, their book can help light the pathway to common ground."--Kathryn S. Fuller, President, World Wildlife Fund-US

"Several chapters...discuss political and legal changes that could drastically improve the lives of animals without giving them rights or personhood. ...This is a book political decision makers should read."--The Law and Politics Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199882359
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 751,513
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Cass R. Sunstein is Karl Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Together, they previously edited Clones and Cloning. They are frequent contributors to popular journals and newspapers. Sunstein's recent books include Why Societies Need Dissent and Designing Democracy; Nussbaum is recently author of Upheavals of Thought and For Love of Country.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction: What Are Animal Rights? 3
1 Animal Rights, One Step at a Time 19
2 Animal Rights: Legal, Philosophical, and Pragmatic Perspectives 51
3 Ethics beyond Species and beyond Instincts: A Response to Richard Posner 78
4 Eating Meat and Eating People 93
5 Animals - Property or Persons? 108
6 Animals as Objects, or Subjects, of Rights 143
7 Drawing Lines 162
8 All Animals Are Not Equal: The Interface between Scientific Knowledge and Legislation for Animal Rights 175
9 Foxes in the Hen House: Animals, Agribusiness, and the Law: A Modern American Fable 205
10 A New Property Status for Animals: Equitable Self-Ownership 234
11 Can Animals Sue? 251
12 Of Mice and Men: A Feminist Fragment on Animal Rights 263
13 Animal Rights and the Values of Nonhuman Life 277
14 Beyond "Compassion and Humanity": Justice for Nonhuman Animals 299
Bibliographic Essay 321
Index 325
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