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Title: ‘Humane intervention’: the international protection of animal rights
Authors: Cochrane, Alasdair
Cooke, Steve
First Published: 23-Mar-2016
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Citation: Journal of Global Ethics, 2016, 12 (1), pp. 106-121
Abstract: This paper explores the international implications of liberal theories which extend justice to sentient animals. In particular, it asks whether they imply that coercive military intervention in a state by external agents to prevent, halt or minimise violations of basic animal rights (‘humane intervention’) can be justified. In so doing, it employs Simon Caney's theory of humanitarian intervention and applies it to non-human animals. It argues that while humane intervention can be justified in principle using Caney's assumptions, justifying any particular intervention on behalf of animals is much more difficult – and in present circumstances impossible. If these claims are correct, a number of important conclusions follow. First, all states lack legitimacy because of the horrors that they inflict upon animals. As a result of this, all states are prima facie liable to intervention by external agents. To remedy this situation, all states have the responsibility to massively transform their relationship with non-human animals, and to build international institutions to oversee the proper protection of their most basic rights.
DOI Link: 10.1080/17449626.2016.1149090
ISSN: 1744-9626
eISSN: 1744-9634
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link:
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Politics and International Relations

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