Animal Rights without Controversy
University of Chicago - Law School
Cass R. Sunstein
Harvard Law School
Law and Contemporary Problems, Forthcoming
U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 283
U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 120
Many consumers would be willing to pay something to reduce the suffering of animals used as food. The problem is that existing markets do not disclose the relevant treatment of animals, even though that treatment would trouble many consumers. Steps should be taken to promote disclosure, so as to fortify market processes and to promote democratic discussion of the treatment of animals. In the context of animal welfare, a serious problem is that people's practices ensure outcomes that defy their existing moral commitments. A disclosure regime could improve animal welfare without making it necessary to resolve the most deeply contested questions in this domain.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 30
Keywords: animal rights, animal welfare, disclosure strategiesAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 22, 2006
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