Empathy with Animals: A Litmus Test for Legal Personhood?

22 Pages Posted: 15 May 2012 Last revised: 26 Feb 2013

Carter Dillard

Uehiro Centre, University of Oxford ; University of Oxford - Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics

Date Written: May 15, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: constitutional law, animal law, reproductive rights, bioethics, legal personhood, vulnerability

Suggested Citation

Dillard, Carter, Empathy with Animals: A Litmus Test for Legal Personhood? (May 15, 2012). Animal Law Review, Vol. 19, 2012 (Introduction, Invited). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2060596

Carter Dillard (Contact Author)

Uehiro Centre, University of Oxford ( email )

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University of Oxford - Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics ( email )

Suite 8, Littlegate House
St Ebbes Street
Oxford, OX1 1PT
United Kingdom

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