Animal Sovereignty Theory
- 104 Downloads
Animal sovereignty theory is an approach to territorial rights in which wild animals are conceived of as sovereign communities, entitled to be recognized as the sovereign controllers of their own spaces.
Animals “are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other Nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” So writes Henry Beston in his 1928 book The Outermost House (2003, 25). The idea was one echoed in the defining works of twentieth-century animal ethics, which tended to defend the idea that, when it came to wild animals, we should simply “[let] them be” (Regan 2004, 357). In one sense, animal sovereignty theory – the claim that wild animals should be conceived of as sovereign communities, entitled to be recognized as the sovereign controllers of their own spaces – offers a theoretical grounding of this view. In another sense, however, it calls to step beyond...
- Beston H (2003) The outermost house: a year of life on the great beach of Cape Cod. Owl Books, New YorkGoogle Scholar
- Cochrane A (2013) Cosmozoopolis: the case against group-differentiated animal rights. Law Ethics Philos 1:127–141Google Scholar
- Cochrane A (2018) Sentientist Politics. Oxford University Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar
- Cormier AA, Rossi M (2018) The problem of predation in Zoopolis. J Appl Philos. 35:718–736Google Scholar
- Donaldson S, Kymlicka W (2011) Zoopolis. Oxford University Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar
- Donaldson S, Kymlicka W (2013) A reply to Svärd, Nurse, and Ryland. J Animal Ethics 3:208–219Google Scholar
- Horta O (2013) Zoopolis, intervention, and the state of nature. Law Ethics Philos 1:113–126Google Scholar
- Milburn J (2016) Nonhuman animals and sovereignty: on Zoopolis, failed states and institutional relationships with free-living nonhuman animals. In: Woodhall A, Garmendia da Trindade G (eds) Intervention or protest. Vernon Press, Wilmington, pp 183–212Google Scholar
- Regan T (2004) The case for animal rights: updated with a new preface. University of California Press, BerkeleyGoogle Scholar
- Singer P, Cavalieri P (eds) (1993) The great ape project: equality beyond humanity. Fourth Estate, LondonGoogle Scholar