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5 Can. J. Comp. & Contemp. L. 111 (2019)
Feminist Jurisprudence for Farmed Animals

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Feminist Jurisprudence for Farmed

Animals

Jessica Eisen*


Feminism and animal advocacy share a long history of interconnections. The application
offeminist insights andanalyses to the study of human-animal legal relations, however,
represents a more recent development. This article proposes to examine the ways that
feminist jurisprudence, as a distinct branch of feminist theory, might contribute depth
and nuance to our collective understanding of the ways that human beings relate to
animals through law. As this article will demonstrate, there is already a vibrant, if
nascent, scholarly community developingfeminist analyses of animal law. This article
aims to identify this scholarly community, take stock of its emerging lines of inquiry,
and sketch a set of common themes. In so doing, this article will offer an account of how
the lessons and insights offeminist legal theory might apply to thefield of animal law,
and will furnish examples of how this work is already being done. In particular, this
article willfocus on four themes within feministjurisprudence that stand to enrich the
study ofanimallaw, namely: a) revealing the importance oflegal method; b) rethinking
sameness' and 'dfference and c) troubling categories of analysis; and d) recognizing
rights as relational.









       Assistant Professor, University of Alberta Faculty of Law. The author
       wishes to thank Martha Minow, Maneesha Deckha, the participants in the
       Harvard Law School SJD Association 2018 Workshop, the participants
       in the University of Alberta Faculty of Law Faculty Workshop, and the
       participants in the University of Victorias Animals and Society Research
       Initiative, for helpful comments on early drafts. The author is also
       grateful to the burgeoning community of critical and feminist animal
       law scholars for the creative, passionate and compelling work that has
       inspired and shaped this contribution. Finally, thanks are owed to Carol
       J Adams, for her foundational work applying feminist theory to the
       lives, circumstances, and cultural representations of animals, and for her
       unflagging support for new voices and new directions building on her
       insights.

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