A Theory of Justice for Animals: Animal Rights in a Nonideal World

A political scientist who has written prolifically about animals argues here that our thinking about the proper way to treat animals should be rooted in concepts of justice. While acknowledging that there are many steps from where we are to where we should be in our treatment of animals, Garner argues for the concept of animal rights, including the right not suffer at the hands of humans.

Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights

Political theory is the grounding for this analysis of the obligations that arise from the varied ways that animals relate to human societies and institutions. The authors assert that, since different types of animals, i.e., domesticated animals, wilderness animals and “liminal” animals, stand in different relationships to human political communities, humans bear different obligations to them, albeit that all are owed respect for basic inviolable rights.

Sentientist Politics: A Theory of Global Inter-Species Justice

Argues for a 'sentientist cosmopolitan democracy': a global political system made up of overlapping local, national, regional and global communities comprised of human and non-human members who exist within shared 'communities of fate.' Suggests the use of dedicated representatives of non-human animals whose job should be to translate the interests of animals into deliberations.