Realizing Interspecies Democracy: The Preconditions for an Egalitarian, Multispecies, World

Sue Donaldson, Janneke Vink, Jean-Paul Gagnon

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Abstract

Sue Donaldson, Janneke Vink, and Jean-Paul Gagnon discuss the problem of anthropocentric democratic theory and the preconditions needed to realize a (corrective) interspecies democracy. Donaldson proposes the formal involvement of nonhuman animals in political institutions—a revolutionary task; Vink argues for changes to the law that would cover nonhuman animals with inviolable political rights; and Gagnon advises a personal change to dietary choices (veganism) and ethical orientations (do no harm). Together, the three proposals point to a future position where humans can participate in a multispecies world in which nonhuman others are freed from our tyrannical grasp.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71 - 95
Number of pages24
JournalDemocratic Theory
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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