Animals and Political Community: Preliminary Reflections Prompted by Bill C-10


  • F. C. DeCoste



The author examines the proper place of animals in the political morality of law and politics. He reconstructs the political morality of the law of animals in liberal states, and characterizes the effect, if any, of Bill C-10 on that morality. He suggests that animal welfarist and rights views are mistaken when assessed against the requirements of liberal personal and political morality. He concludes that the changes contemplated in Bill C-10 are destructive in their approach to liberal political morality, and of the proper stature of animals in our moral imaginations.




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