Recht voor zijn (r)aap

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The idea of animal rights is sympathetic with regards to animal suffering. Including these rights in the constitution has enormous symbolic value: it underlines the important moral position of other creatures. Nevertheless, in this contribution it is stated that the attribution of rights to other than human animals in a legal system that is developed for and run by human animals, is in a sense speciesistic: other than human animals cannot fence for themselves within our legal arena. The law as we know it, is an important tool in addressing human behaviour towards other species.
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)323-324
Number of pages2
JournalBeleid en Maatschappij
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • animal abuse
  • Animal rights
  • Non-speciesism

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