Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Violence and animals: Moral considerations cencerning injustice, the perception of hierarchy and EU law
Stockholm University, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Abstract

The EU is seen as having one of the most progressive approaches to

animals in the world by granting them the status of ‘sentient beings’ in

law. This paper discusses this moral status and its prospects within the

current legal system. Moral judgements, ideology and value-based assumptions

permeate the law. By bringing these to light the debate may be

broadened and roots to issues may be made more visible. The paper

suggests that it is mainly the entrenched perception of a hierarchy that

undermines attempts to progress the animal legal debate. The legislative

acceptance of this hierarchy also seems to legitimize violence where ‘acceptable’

violence is seen as relative to an individual’s status in society.

Chapter one presents the framework for EU laws pertaining to animals

and how acceptable violence towards them is determined. Chapter two

attempts to deconstruct the socially and legally accepted levels of violence

towards animals used for food by criticizing and challenging the

arguments given for using animals for this purpose. Chapter three presents

some aspects of contradictory human moral behavior towards

animals and how the construct of society might relate to this. Research

in psychology and ideological inclinations in EU actions are presented as

possible explanations for why the moral foundations of the laws remain

amorphous. Chapter four presents some practical obstacles in the way of

a fundamental shift in perception for society, followed by a discussion

concerning an alternative ethical route that recognizes animals as a powerless

group. The way forward is fraught with disagreement, but this paper

suggests that the direction is clear.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
Jurisprudence
National Category
Law
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93991OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-93991DiVA: diva2:650650
Supervisors
Examiners
Available from: 2013-09-23 Created: 2013-09-23 Last updated: 2014-03-05Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(917 kB)137 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 917 kBChecksum SHA-512
a81c2fc6a55a054d330f9a0f07e1e9926754329c9432c4a1631d31d80949964a72ba9e4e992a0d5b618b1471930b87ff00a8431abc5ada4f19c0e06913b24da7
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Law
Law

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 137 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 150 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf