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Animal RightsCurrent Debates and New Directions$
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Cass R. Sunstein and Martha C. Nussbaum

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305104.001.0001

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A New Property Status for Animals

A New Property Status for Animals

Equitable Self-Ownership

(p.234) 10 A New Property Status for Animals
Animal Rights

David Favre

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses issues concerning the awarding of new legal rights to nonhuman animals. It argues that animals should, in an important sense, be allowed to own themselves, and explains what this would mean in practice. The chapter suggests that one of the main problem of the animal rights movement is the tendency of their leaders to support only the purest philosophical position, regardless of political feasibility. It also considers the present possibility of moving towards the recognition of new rights for animals by awarding them the status of equitable self-ownership.

Keywords:   nonhuman animals, legal rights, animal rights movement, philosophical position, political feasibility, equitable self-ownership

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