Political Animals and Animal Politics

David Schlosberg and Marcel Wissenburg look at the connections and tensions between environmental politics and animal ethics and welfare.

While much has been written on environmental politics on the one hand, and animal ethics and welfare on the other, animal politics, as the interface of the two, is underexamined. They are key political implications in the increase of animal protection laws, the rights of nature, and political parties and movements dedicated to animals. What are the implications of the increasing attention and popularity of ethical discourses on animal welfare and animal rights for political and political philosophy? What is the animal’s place in environmental political thought – and in twenty-first-century political philosophy, per se? What can, rather than should , politics do for animals – what institutions and practices are suitable and desirable? Can animal ethics learn from animal politics?

Edited by Marcel Wissenburg and David Schlosberg 

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