Transition Rather Than Revolution: the Gradual Road Towards Animal Legal Personhood through the Legislature
This article was originally found at SSRN and can be found at this link: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/Papers.cfm?abstract_id=4391336 It is sometimes assumed that, in order for animals to be adequately protected by the legal system, their status first needs to change from property to person in one fell swoop. Legal personhood is perceived as the necessary requirement for animals to possess legal rights and become visible in law, distinguished from legal things. In this article I propose an alternative approach to animal legal personhood, which construes the road towards it as a gradual transition rather than a revolution. According to this alternative approach, animals become increasingly visible in law when their existing simple rights are shaped to function more like the rights of humans. Instead of a condition for the possession of rights, legal personhood should then be regarded as a (potential) consequence of growing animal rights.
Bernet Kempers, Eva, Transition Rather Than Revolution: the Gradual Road Towards Animal Legal Personhood through the Legislature (April 13, 2022). Bernet Kempers, E. (2022). Transition rather than Revolution: The Gradual Road towards Animal Legal Personho