To live is to live from and to live with. We do not just live from animals (eg in the form of hamburgers), but we also live with animals. We do not just live with our pets, but with all animals that we share space with. Animals form a community with us, which imposes moral and political considerations of their rights on us. Animal rights are not limited to being protected from torture and maltreatment. Animal rights require that we ask ourselves
- how to create conditions that serve the well-being of a mixed community
- how to integrate the non-human world in political participative processes
- and how to allow them to live independently of us while among us.