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Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice?

Charlotte E. Blattner, Kendra Coulter, and Will Kymlicka


For centuries, animals have worked alongside humans in a wide variety of workplaces, yet they are rarely recognized as workers or accorded labour rights. Many animal rights advocates have argued that using animals for their labour is inherently oppressive, and that animal labour should therefore be abolished. Recently, however, some people have argued that work can be a source of meaning, self-development, and social membership for animals, as it is for humans, and that our goal should be to create good work for animals, not to abolish work. In this volume, an international and interdisciplina ... More

Keywords: animal labour, animal rights, work, labour rights, human-animal relations, interspecies justice

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198846192
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198846192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte E. Blattner, editor
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Law School

Kendra Coulter, editor
Chancellor's Chair for Research Excellence and Chair of the Department of Labour Studies, Brock University

Will Kymlicka, editor
Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen's University

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1 Introduction

Charlotte E. Blattner, Kendra Coulter, and Will Kymlicka

Part I The Promise of Good Work

3 Good Work for Animals

Alasdair Cochrane

4 Conservation Canines

Renée D’Souza, Alice Hovorka, and Lee Niel

Part II The Dilemmas of Animal Labour

5 Animal Labour

Charlotte E. Blattner

7 Down on the Farm

Jessica Eisen

9 The Working Day

Dinesh J. Wadiwel

10 Animal Labour in a Post-Work Society

Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka