Do Animals Have an Interest in Liberty?

  title={Do Animals Have an Interest in Liberty?},
  author={Alasdair Cochrane},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={660 - 679}
  • A. Cochrane
  • Published 1 October 2009
  • Philosophy
  • Political Studies
Proponents of justice for animals often argue that non-human animals have an interest in liberty. Furthermore, they usually claim that this animal interest in liberty is intrinsic rather than instrumental; that is to say, liberty is regarded to be good for animals in itself, irrespective of its contribution to the achievement of other goods, such as pleasure. For this reason they argue that legislating to improve welfare standards in zoos, circuses, laboratories and agriculture is inadequate… 

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