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The Rights of Animals and the Demands of Nature

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This paper discusses two central themes of the work of Alan Holland: the relations between the natural and the normative and how our duties regarding animals cohere with our obligations to respect nature. I explicate and defend an anti-speciesist argument that entails strong moral demands on how we should live and what we should eat. I conclude by discussing the implications of anti-speciesism for rewilding and reintroduction programmes.

Keywords: animals; nature; rewilding; rights; speciesism

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 2008

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