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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2017

Solidarity Between Human and Non-Human Animals: Representing Animal Voices in Policy Deliberations

von Essen, Erica; Allen, Michael P.

Abstract

In this paper, we discuss the bridging potential of "interspecies" solidarity between the often incommensurable ethics of care and justice. Indeed, we show that the Environmental Communication literature emphasizes feelings of care and compassion as vectors of responsibility taking for animals. But we also show that a growing field of Political Animal Rights suggest that such responsibility taking should instead be grounded in universalizable terms of justice. Our argument is that a dual conception of solidarity can bridge this divide: On the one hand, solidarity as a pre-political relation with animals and, on the other hand, as a political practice based on open public deliberation of universalizable claims to justice; that is, claims to justice advanced by human proxy representatives of vulnerable non-humans. Such a dual conception can both challenge and validate NGOs' claims to "speak on behalf of animals" in policy following the Aarhus Convention, indeed underwriting the Convention by insights from internatural communication in solidarity as relation, and by subjecting it to rational scrutiny in mini-publics in solidary as practice.

Keywords

Solidarity, internatural communication, discourse ethics, proxy representation, mini-publics

Published in

Environmental Communication
2017, volume: 11, number: 5, pages: 641-653

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Urban and Rural Development
Allen, Michael P.
East Tennessee State University

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG16 Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

UKÄ Subject classification

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2016.1269820

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/79741