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Earthlings: Considering the Status of Animals in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Animal welfare is a topic subjected to great controversy, mostly within moral philosophy. The moral issue of human behaviour is often dealt with, alongside whether nonhuman animals are eligible certain rights. In our world, how humans behave towards nonhuman animals have fallen into something of political oblivion, which is the departure-point for this research.

The essay’s discourse surrounds nonhuman animals’ political and moral status in Sweden, with the aim of drawing conclusions regarding whether they can be said to possess it. This is done through an analysis of ideas, using dimensions as tools, problematizing the Swedish parliamentary parties' views on animal welfare. A better understanding for nonhuman animals’ situation in Sweden has been provided, showing that there is no animal rights mentality tangible, while speciesist and utilitarian attitudes towards nonhuman animals dominate.

The analysis show that nonhuman animals in Sweden possess moral status, as the parties agree that nonhuman animals should be spared from unnecessary suffering, and their welfare seems to count in its own right. However, human interests tend to take precedence in most cases, and in the end, nonhuman animals cannot be considered to possess any political status, despite their unmistakable presence in our society. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Analysis of ideas, Dimensions, Utilitarianism, Animal rights, Speciesism, Animal welfare, Swedish politics, Food industry, Experimentation, Bestiality, Status
Keyword [sv]
Idéanalys, Dimensioner, Utilitarism, Djurrätt, Djurvälfärd, Status
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-43770OAI: diva2:818190
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
European Studies Programme, 180 credits
2015-06-02, K2046, Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, 11:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-06-11 Created: 2015-06-08 Last updated: 2015-06-11Bibliographically approved

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