Beyond Animal Warfare Law: Humanizing the 'War on Animals' and the Need for Complementary Animal Rights
Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2021-10
In: American Journal of Comparative Law (2022) (forthcoming)
58 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2021 Last revised: 18 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 12, 2021
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 “war 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
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