Kimberly K. Smith

in Governing Animals

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895755
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950522 | DOI:

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This chapter considers the potential tensions between liberal values, such as toleration and freedom of religion, and pursuing social reforms aimed at greater protection for animal welfare. Using the examples of animal sacrifice and dogfighting, it points out that certain kinds of reform strategies can pit animal interest against human interests and undermine such liberal values as racial equality and respect for cultural differences. To avoid such conflict, this chapter counsels against relying too heavily on criminal prohibitions and sanctions to protect animals. It emphasizes instead the noncoercive powers of the state, and the important role of civil society, in creating new social practices and institutions that bring animal and human interests into harmony.

Keywords: cultural pluralism; racial equality; animal sacrifice; social reform; civil society

Chapter.  12681 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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