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Governing Animals: Animal Welfare and the Liberal State

Kimberly K. Smith


What is the role of government in protecting animal welfare? What principles should policy makers draw on as they try to balance animal welfare against human liberty? Much has been written in recent years on our moral duties toward animals, but scholars and activists alike have neglected the important question of how far the state may go to enforce those duties. This book fills that gap by exploring how liberal political principles apply to animal welfare policy. Focusing on animal welfare in the United States, the book argues that some animals (most prominently pets and livestock) may be cons ... More

Keywords: animal welfare, animal rights, liberalism, social contract theory, property rights, representation, social reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199895755
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895755.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly K. Smith, author
Carleton College

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