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The P/A Forum
Published: 2022-01-18

Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice?

Butler University
University Adolfo Ibáñez
University of Roehampton
University of Hamburg
Queen's University
University of Berne
animal labour animal rights work labour rights human-animal relations interspecies justice


On April 15, 2021, a roundtable occurred at the annual conference of the Midwestern Political Science Association to discuss Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice?, edited by Charlotte Blattner, Kendra Coulter, and Will Kymlicka, and published by Oxford University Press in February 2020. The following symposium contains expanded versions of the papers presented at the MPSA conference. Jishnu Guha-Majumdar introduces the edited volume and the contributions of the respondents in the symposium. Diego Rossello then discusses the book’s framing as “interspecies justice” and its definition of labor. Angie Pepper reflects on whether it is possible for animals to justly consent to labor occupations. Guha-Majumdar examines how the afterlives of transatlantic slavery shape the terms of debates over animal labour. Peter Niesen considers questions about the sequencing and types of labor rights for animals used in agriculture. Finally, Blattner and Kymlicka offer a reply.


  1. Blattner, C. E., Coulter, K., & Kymlicka, W. (Eds) (2020). Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice?. Oxford: Oxford University Press