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Animal Rights: Current Debates and New Directions

Cass R. Sunstein and Martha C. Nussbaum


This book explores 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, its chapters 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. The book offers a modern treatment of that rethinking.

Keywords: animal rights, ethical questions, ownership, protection, unjustified suffering, human control, animal welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305104
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305104.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cass R. Sunstein, editor

Martha C. Nussbaum, editor
both at the University of Chicago
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Animal Rights


Cass R. Sunstein

Part I Current Debates

2 Animal Rights

Richard A. Posner

7 Drawing Lines

James Rachels

8 All Animals Are Not Equal

Lesley J. Rogers, and Gisela Kaplan

Part II New Directions

9 Foxes in the Hen House

David J. Wolfson, and Mariann Sullivan

11 Can Animals Sue?

Cass R. Sunstein

12 Of Mice and Men

Catharine A. Mackinnon

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