Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions

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Cass R. Sunstein, Martha C. Nussbaum
Oxford University Press, USA, Apr 1, 2004 - Law - 338 pages
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Millions of people live with cats, dogs, and other pets, which they treat as members of their families. But through their daily behavior, people who love those pets, and greatly care about their welfare, help ensure short and painful lives for millions, even billions of animals that cannot easily be distinguished from dogs and cats. Today, the overwhelming percentage of animals with whom Westerners interact are raised for food. Countless animals endure lives of relentless misery and die often torturous deaths.The use of animals by human beings, often for important human purposes, has forced uncomfortable questions to center stage: Should people change their behavior? Should the law promote animal welfare? Should animals have legal rights? Should animals continue to be counted as "property"? What reforms make sense?Cass Sunstein and Martha Nussbaum bring together an all-star cast of contributors to explore the legal and political issues that underlie the campaign for animal rights and the opposition to it. Addressing ethical questions about ownership, protection against unjustified suffering, and the ability of animals to make their own choices free from human control, the authors offer numerous different perspectives on animal rights and animal welfare. They show that whatever one's ultimate conclusions, the relationship between human beings and nonhuman animals is being fundamentally rethought. This book offers a state-of-the-art treatment of that rethinking.Contributors include:Elizabeth AndersonCora DiamondRichard A. EpsteinDavid FavreGary L. FrancioneGisela KaplanCatharine A. MacKinnonRichard A. PosnerJames Rachelsl Lesley J. RogersPeter SingerMariann SullivanStephen M. WiseDavid J. Wolfson
 

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Contents

What Are Animal Rights?
3
STEVEN M WISE
19
RICHARD A POSNER
51
CORA DIAMOND
93
AnimalsProperty or Persons?
108
RICHARD A EPSTEIN
143
JAMES RACHELS
162
LESLEY J ROGERS AND GISELA KAPLAN
175
DAVID J WOLFSON AND MARIANN SULLIVAN
205
DAVID FAVRE
234
CASS R SUNSTEIN
251
ELIZABETH ANDERSON
277
MARTHA C NUSSBAUM
299
Bibliographic Essay
321
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Cass R. Sunstein is Karl Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and Martha C. Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago. Together, they previously edited Clones and Cloning. They are frequent contributors to popular journals and newspapers. . Sunstein's recent books include Why Societies Need Dissent and Designing Democracy; Nussbaum is recently author of Upheavals of Thought and For Love of Country.

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