Accounting for animal rights

Eija Vinnari, Markus Vinnari

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This chapter explores how to account for animal rights. We begin by reviewing seminal contributions to the debate on the moral value of non-human animals and the political implications thereof. These issues have mainly been debated in the field of animal ethics, but also to some extent in political philosophy. In reviewing this literature, we point out the different ways in which animal rights has been theorised and how these result in different normative views regarding the extent to which animal use is considered acceptable. Subsequently, building on the goals presented in the animal ethics/political philosophy literature, we develop a hierarchical framework for conceptualising a step-wise process towards the achievement of animal rights. The framework begins from acknowledging the existence of non-human animals and ends up with them being completely liberated in the sense intended by the abolitionist animal rights scholars, who argue that non-human animals should not be considered property. We also provide examples of qualitative and quantitative indicators that could be utilised for reporting and monitoring progress at each step of the hierarchy. Finally, we discuss questions related to the operationalisation of the framework and associated accounting measures.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Environmental Accounting
EditorsJan Bebbington, Carlos Larrinaga, Brendan O'Dwyer, Ian Thomson
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780429623103
ISBN (Print)9780367152338
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2021
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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