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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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Drawing Lines

Drawing Lines

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(p.162) 7 Drawing Lines
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Animal Rights
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James Rachels

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305104.003.0008

This chapter addresses the question of what lines should be drawn in the discussion of animal rights. It evaluates the most popular theories of moral standing, and suggests that the whole business of line drawing is misguided and that the distinctions between species made in the U.S. Animal Welfare Act are unjustifiable. The chapter argues that the appropriate protection of animals should depend in large part on what their capacities are.

Keywords:   animal rights, moral standing, Animal Welfare Act, protection of animals, species, animal capacities

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