Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Kurki, Visa
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title
Animals under a Welfarist Regime: Theory and General Principles of Animal Law
Decision No. 330609
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 412 021
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Project description
The project investigates the theoretical foundations of animal law. Its particular focus is on analyzing what is termed the Welfarist Regime of Animal Law, which is dominant in Western legal systems. In the Welfarist Regime – named after the animal welfare acts in place in various jurisdictions – animals are treated as property but are protected from “unnecessary suffering” and/or “animal cruelty”. Practices such as rearing animals for food or using them in research aren’t thus prohibited under the Welfarist Regime; they are merely regulated. Combining doctrinal study of law, legal philosophy and rhetorical criticism, the project will produce a legal theory of the Welfarist Regime and in so doing improve our understanding of the current state of animal law in Finland and other Western countries whose legislations are built on the Welfarist ethos.