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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Protection and Status of Animals

Jessica Eisen, Kristen Stilt

Subject(s):
Animals

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. Constitutions mention animals in many different contexts. This entry will focus on the relatively recent phenomenon of textual provisions that assign constitutional significance to the experiences of individual nonhuman animals (hereafter simply ‘animals’). This category includes provisions that reference the ‘welfare’ or ‘dignity’ of animals, the ‘protection’ of animals, ‘compassion’ for animals, or ‘cruelty’ towards animals as matters of constitutional concern. These provisions, which we will refer to as ‘animal protection provisions,’ treat individual...
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