Realizing Interspecies Democracy: The Preconditions for an Egalitarian, Multispecies, World

J. Vink, Sue Donaldson*, Jean-Paul Gagnon*

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Sue Donaldson, Janneke Vink, and Jean-Paul Gagnon discuss the problem of anthropocentric democratic theory and the preconditions needed to realize a (corrective) interspecies democracy. Donaldson proposes the formal involvement of nonhuman animals in political institutions—a revolutionary task; Vink argues for changes to the law that would cover nonhuman animals with inviolable political rights; and Gagnon advises a personal change to dietary choices (veganism) and ethical orientations (do no harm). Together, the three proposals point to a future position where humans can participate in a multispecies world in which nonhuman others are freed from
our tyrannical grasp.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-95
Number of pages25
JournalDemocratic Theory
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Animals
  • Democracy
  • Law
  • Law, Politics & Government
  • Political Science
  • animals
  • democracy
  • democratic citizenship
  • democratic theory
  • egalitarianism
  • intergenerational justice
  • interspecies democracy
  • intersubjectivity
  • legal rights
  • multispecies politics
  • nonhumans
  • rights


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