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Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights

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Zoopolis offers a new agenda for the theory and practice of animal rights. Most animal rights theory focuses on the intrinsic capacities or interests of animals, and the moral status and moral rights that these intrinsic characteristics give rise to. Zoopolis shifts the debate from the realm of moral theory and applied ethics to the realm of political theory, focusing on t ...more
Hardcover, 329 pages
Published December 17th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 2011)
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Anna (the anonanimal)
I had the pleasure of seeing Will Kymlicka speak this past summer (2012). He set me on fire with his passion and conviction and at that point getting my hands on Zoopolis ceased to be a choice.

The primary premise laid out this text is: The animal welfare movement has gone horribly awry. It has been radically marginalized and has failed to make any meaningful progress towards achieving its goals.

The question then is as follows: What has gone wrong? Why is animal advocacy so ineffective, and wha
Sergei Moska
May 01, 2012 Sergei Moska rated it really liked it
This book is a contribution to the animal rights literature, and is aimed at people who are already invested in that field. This doesn't mean that the book is hard to read. Donaldson and Kymlicka are wonderful authors, and this book is extremely easy to read even though it contains some quite nuanced arguments. It means that if you're a normal person who is never really thought about animal rights, this book probably won't convince you to go vegan and get on board the animal rights bandwagon.

Apr 02, 2016 Dayton rated it really liked it
A vital and original approach to animal ethics, focusing on our positive obligations to nonhumans in different contexts: domestication (dogs, chickens, etc.), the wild, and in between (urban crows/coyotes, feral cats, suburban deer, pigeons, house mice, etc.). The writing is kind of dense and I think the authors are too committed to simply extending conventional liberal political theory (which I'd argue falls short in some respects even as it applies to humans, let alone nonhumans) instead of ch ...more
Joshua Duffy
Oct 16, 2014 Joshua Duffy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very unique in the Animal Rights literature. This book presents a political theory of animal rights, arguing that the concepts of citizenship (for domesticated animals), denizenship (for liminal animals), and sovereignty (for wild animals), be ascribed to the animals we share our communities, etc., with. Upon rereading this one, I enjoyed it far less. The theory laid out at the beginning is fantastic, but when he gets into ascribing citizenship status to domestic animals, I think his analogy fal ...more
Pier-andré Doyon
May 08, 2013 Pier-andré Doyon rated it it was amazing
A masterpiece that redefine the basis of animal right theory. Kymlicka is a great scholar that draw interesting parallels between animal studies and other political fields to build his theory.
Kim Stallwood
Jul 16, 2012 Kim Stallwood is currently reading it
Great book, which I'm currently reading. Fascinating ideas about how to advance moral and political status of animals.
Jun 29, 2016 Michelle rated it really liked it
Well written but very dense. Quite creative in their application of political theory to animal rights.
Jan 29, 2013 Matthew rated it liked it
A very compelling argument for a revaluation of animals... a little 'out there' in a few parts.
Aug 03, 2015 virgodura rated it really liked it
Worth reading. Very different approach to AR theory.
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