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The republican zoopolis: towards a new legitimation framework for relational animal ethics

Allen, Michael P. and Von Essen, Erica (2016). The republican zoopolis: towards a new legitimation framework for relational animal ethics. Ethics And The Environment. 21:1, 61-88
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2979/ethicsenviro.21.1.03

Abstract

In this article, we develop a republican framework for relational animal ethics, recently popularized in Donaldson and Kymlicka's Zoopolis. This republican framework departs from the focus on negative rights that dominate liberal animal rights theories, especially as concerns our relations to wild animals. Our proposed framework appeals to a republican standard of non-arbitrariness, or non-domination, for human interferences with such animals. This legitimation framework is more attentive to relations of care and of dependency between the species, which we contend fits the growing field of relational animal ethics. At the same time, it requires rigorous criteria be met to legitimate relations as non-dominating. We apply this framework to the morality of the supplementary feeding of wildlife, using a case study of wild boars as fed by hunters. Weakening of the concept of domination to fit the predicament of boars, we show how the republican framework can provide a principled justification for legitimate interference with a wild animal population.

Authors/Creators:Allen, Michael P. and Von Essen, Erica
Title:The republican zoopolis: towards a new legitimation framework for relational animal ethics
Series/Journal:Ethics And The Environment (1085-6633)
Year of publishing :2016
Volume:21
Number:1
Page range:61-88
Number of Pages:28
Publisher:Indiana University Press
ISSN:1085-6633
Language:English
Publication Type:Journal article
Refereed:Yes
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Agris subject categories.:X Agricola extesions > X30 Life sciences
X Agricola extesions > X80 Social sciences, humanities and education
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 6 Humanities > 603 Philosophy, Ethics and Religion > Ethics
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 105 Earth and Related Environmental Sciences > Environmental Sciences (social aspects to be 507)
Keywords:Humans, Wild boars, Animals, Wild animals, Environmental ethics, Sovereignty, Relational ethics, Subsistence hunting, Species, Morality
ID Code:14347
Faculty:LTV - Fakulteten för landskapsarkitektur, trädgårds- och växtproduktionsvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:01 Jun 2017 06:50
Metadata Last Modified:15 Sep 2017 23:15

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