Making lawful animals

Authored by: Yoriko Otomo

Routledge Handbook of Law and Theory

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138956469
eBook ISBN: 9781315665733
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‘Animal law’ has become a popular phrase internationally. It has become a widely available university course, and is a recognised field of legal practice. But what does it mean? This chapter is a meditation on the kinds of beings that are and are not captured by ‘animal law’. It is also a reflection on the biopolitics behind the invention of ‘animal law’ and its categories. The current mass extinction crisis and increasing criticisms around the world of the model on which global law is based urgently call for alternatives to this political economy. Walking through this juridical wilderness, I offer different ways of writing about animals and law.

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