Beyond Animal Warfare Law: Humanizing the 'War on Animals' and the Need for Complementary Animal Rights

58 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2021 Last revised: 18 Apr 2021

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Saskia Stucki

Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: April 12, 2021

Abstract

This article puts forward a novel analogy between animal welfare law and international humanitarian law – two seemingly unrelated bodies of law that are both marked by the aporia of humanizing the inhumane. Based on a comparative analysis with the law of war, this article argues that animal welfare law is best understood as a kind of warfare law which regulates violent activities within an ongoing β€œwar on animals,” and needs to be complemented by a jus contra bellum and peacetime animal rights.

Keywords: Animal rights, animal welfare law, international humanitarian law, law of war, human rights, global animal law, comparative law

Suggested Citation

Stucki, Saskia, Beyond Animal Warfare Law: Humanizing the 'War on Animals' and the Need for Complementary Animal Rights (April 12, 2021). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2021-10, In: American Journal of Comparative Law (2022) (forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3824924 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3824924

Saskia Stucki (Contact Author)

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