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Animal Rights without Controversy

Jeffrey Leslie

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.

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Keywords: animal rights, animal welfare, disclosure strategies

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Date posted: March 22, 2006  

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Leslie, Jeffrey and Sunstein, Cass R., Animal Rights without Controversy. Law and Contemporary Problems, Forthcoming; U Chicago Law & Economics, Olin Working Paper No. 283; U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 120. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=890666

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