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Nonhuman animals as property holders: an exploration of the Lockean labour-mixing account

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posted on 04.04.2022, 14:36 authored by Josh MilburnJosh Milburn
Recent proposals in political philosophy concerning nonhuman animals as property-holders - by John Hadley and Steve Cooke - have focused on the interests that nonhuman animals have in access to and use of their territories. The possibility that such rights might be grounded on the basis of a Lockean (that is, labour-mixing) account of property has been rejected. In this paper, I explore four criticisms of Lockean property rights for nonhuman animals - concerning self-ownership, initiative, exertion and the sufficiency of protection offered - concluding that Lockean property rights could be extended to nonhuman animals. I then suggest that Lockean property rights actually offer advantages over interest-based accounts: they more clearly ground property, they are potentially broader, and they are considerably stronger.

Funding

Department of Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland

History

School

  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

Environmental Values

Volume

26

Issue

5

Pages

629 - 648

Publisher

White Horse Press

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© White Horse Press

Publisher statement

This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced version of an article accepted following peer review for publication in Environmental Values, https://doi.org/10.3197/096327117x15002190708155, 26 (5), pp.629-648.

Publication date

2017-10-01

Copyright date

2017

ISSN

0963-2719

eISSN

1752-7015

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Josh Milburn. Deposit date: 28 March 2022