Animals and the Law

 In Season 1 of the Animal Turn, Claudia speaks to scholars from philosophy, law, history, and political science in an effort to unpack some of the most important concepts for understanding the relationship between animals and the law. 

Some of the key themes to emerge from the discussions are how the property status of animals diminishes the potential for them to be considered legal subjects or have anything resembling rights, autonomy or liberty; that laws and the legal control of animals operates at a variety of scales (farms, nations, internationally), and that there is also potential for the law to change what are currently often abusive relations but that this will require dramatic conceptual and institutional shifts.

 

The concepts in focus include: Animal rights, legal subjects, first possession, personhood, extraterritorial jurisdiction, ag-gag laws, animal warfare laws, autonomy, and liberty.