Towards a Vegan Jurisprudence: The Need for a Reorientation of Human Rights argues that, in order to give effect to animal rights, human society is obliged to question the extent to which our social norms permit us to manifest compassionate justice to other animals. Jeanette Rowley posits a new perspective on the theory and practice of human rights to accommodate the demands of vegans for rights for nonhuman animals, recognizing the existing argument that the idea grounding human rights is our ethical responsibility to the precarious, mortal other. Rowley develops this principle to ground the rights claims of vegans in the ethics of alterity, applying the concept to nonhuman others to ground the protection of other animals and provide a new approach to human rights litigation to accommodate vegans, calling for the reconceptualization of the very idea of human rights.
Jeanette Rowley is advisor and chair of the International Rights Network at The Vegan Society.
Chapter 1: The Suffering Narrative of Veganism
Chapter 2: The Context For Vegan Rights: The Autonomy Orthodoxy Of Human Rights
Chapter 3: Can Human Rights Be Grounded By Ethical Responsibility To Suffering?
Chapter 4: The Ethics of Alterity and Responsibility to Other Animals
Chapter 5: The Implications of Including Nonhuman Animals in an Ethics of Alterity for Protective Rights: Animal Rights, ‘Remorseful Justice’ and Vegan Litigation
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