Special Issue "Animal Rights—Challenges and Perspectives"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Ethics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2022 | Viewed by 284

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Rachel Grant
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Guest Editor
School of Applied Sciences, London South Bank University (LSBU), SE1 0AA London, UK
Interests: animal behaviour; animal welfare, particularly in non-mammalian species and species that have complex needs in captivity, such as psittacines, amphibians and reptiles

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It has long been recognised that animals, as sentient beings, have the capacity to suffer, and animal welfare science was born out of this premise. However, does welfare go far enough? Welfare- and utilitarian-based ethics assume that the use of animals and various degrees of suffering is morally acceptable for the benefit of humans, which is speciesism. It is time to look at the biological and philosophical evidence that animals should be apportioned rights protected by law. This Special Issue invites papers on any aspect of animal rights, with a view to exploring a number of perspectives, for example: the presentation of neurobiological or ethological evidence which makes a case for animal rights, surveys of attitudes to animal rights and factors affecting them, studies on vegan diets and lifestyles, dietary studies using meat substitutes and their effects on health, philosophical arguments for animal rights, legal discussions of rights-based systems and how they could be applied to animals, animal rights–conservation conflicts, discussions of how particular uses of animals infringe rights, and other topics in the broad category of a rights-based systems for animal protection.

Dr. Rachel Grant
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • animal rights
  • animal welfare
  • animal law
  • animal protection
  • animal behaviour

Published Papers

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