Empathy with Animals: A Litmus Test for Legal Personhood?
Uehiro Centre, University of Oxford ; University of Oxford - Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
May 15, 2012
Animal Law Review, Vol. 19, 2012 (Introduction, Invited)
Is there any relationship between the disposition of some humans to empathize with and respond to the interests of nonhuman animals, and the criteria we ought to use for determining who becomes a legal person? This brief essay argues that there is, by employing a thick conception of legal personhood, and suggests that criteria be used to determine who constitutes our legality in the future.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: constitutional law, animal law, reproductive rights, bioethics, legal personhood, vulnerability
Date posted: May 15, 2012 ; Last revised: February 26, 2013