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Title: Animals and Democratic Theory: Beyond an Anthropocentric Account
Authors: Garner, Robert W.
First Published: 6-Jan-2016
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Citation: Contemporary Political Theory, 2016
Abstract: Two distinct approaches to the incorporation of animal interests within democratic theory are identified. The first, anthropocentric, account suggests that animal interests ought to be considered within a democratic polity if and when enough humans desire this to be the case. Within this anthropocentric account, the relationship between democracy and the protection of animal interests remains contingent. An alternative account holds that the interests of animals ought to be taken into account because they have a democratic right that their interests are considered. This alternative account is defended in this article by utilising democratic theory and, in particular, the all-affected principle. The interests of animals are affected by collective decisions and, therefore, they, or – more specifically – their representatives, have a democratic right to have some say in the making of those decisions. This approach is favourably contrasted with an alternative, citizenship, account which relies on contested, capacity-oriented, claims current within the field of animal ethics.
DOI Link: 10.1057/s41296-016-0072-0
ISSN: 1470-8914
eISSN: 1476-9336
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Palgrave Macmillan. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy.
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