Legal, Philosophical, and Pragmatic Perspectives
This chapter analyses the animal rights issue from legal, philosophical, and pragmatic perspectives. It argues that the best approach to the issue is a human-centric one that appeals to our developing knowledge and sentiments about animals, and which eschews on the one hand philosophical argument and a legal-formalist approach on the other. The chapter explains that on pragmatic grounds, people are not likely to want to give rights to animals and that some rights would be damaging to animals themselves. It also comments on the views of Steven Wise and Peter Singer.
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