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Ownership and justice for animals

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This paper argues that it is not necessary to abolish all incidents of animal ownership in order to achieve justice for them. It claims that ownership does not grant owners a right to absolute control of their property. Rather, it argues that ownership is a much more qualified concept, conveying different rights in different contexts. With this understanding of ownership in mind, the paper argues that it is possible for humans to own animals and at the same time to treat them justly: to recognise that they possess moral status; to assign them meaningful rights; and to consider their interests equally.

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