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The cause of animal rights has been advancing for several decades. What should be the next step?
Will Kymlicka argues that domesticated animals – including companion and farm animals – should be granted rights as members of society, with a distinctive, non-human role.
Questioning the widely-held assumption that “society” is a human-exclusive phenomenon, Kymlicka posits that domesticated animals participate in schemes of co-operation, comply with rule-governed institutions, and have interdependent interests. “We therefore need to think about society in interspecies terms.”
Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University. His books include Multicultural Citizenship (1995), Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (2007), and Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (2011), co-authored with Sue Donaldson.