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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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Can Animals Sue?

Can Animals Sue?

(p.251) 11 Can Animals Sue?
Animal Rights

Cass R. Sunstein

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the question of whether animals should be allowed to sue. It argues that, at a minimum, lawsuits should be permitted, on animals' behalf, to ensure compliance with existing law. The chapter recommends that laws designed to protect animals against cruelty, and that abuse should be amended or interpreted to give a private cause of action against those who violate those laws, so as to allow private people to supplement the efforts of public prosecutors.

Keywords:   animals, lawsuits, cruelty, animal protection, private people, public prosecutors

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