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Legal and Moral Consequences of the Inexistence of the Animal

Current French law does not grant animals any legal status, but esta-
blishes a distinction between different regimes according to the
type of relations between animals and men. Under the influence of
Anglo-Saxon philosophical doctrines, certain movements for the
defence of animals are attempting to push for the recognition of
“animal rights” and to introduce a new legal status for the animal
as a “sensible being” in our Civil Law. We attempt here to show
the conceptual inconsistency of such an innovation and the risks
it represents for a humanist ethic. Instead of granting animals a
unique moral status, which is simply an ideological fiction, it is
important to distinguish between the duties we have toward pets,
domestic animals and wild animals. In conclusion, we present the
philosophical foundations of these differentiated moral obligations.

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Référence électonique : Francis WOLFF, "Legal and Moral Consequences of the Inexistence of the Animal", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°131, 131 - Les animaux, p.135-147 . Consulté le 2021-10-25 13:20:49 . URL : https://www.revue-pouvoirs.fr/Legal-and-Moral-Consequences-of.html