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Chapter 9 considers the motivations of various groups championing conservation of polar bears.
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Political Animals and Animal Politics is a 2014 book edited by the green political theorists Marcel Wissenburg and David Schlosberg, and published by Palgrave Macmillan. The first edited collection to address the emergence of academic animal ethics informed by political philosophy, its chapters variously cover institutional change for animals, the relationship between animal ethics and ecologism, and real-world laws made for the benefit of animals. Recurring features include discussions of human exceptionalism, exploration of ways that animal issues are or could be present in political discourse, and reflections on the relationship between theory and practice in politics. For example, Kurtis Boyer contributed a chapter entitled "The Limits of Species Advocacy", focusing on the legal protection of polar bears (example pictured). The political theorist Robert Garner wrote that Political Animals and Animal Politics should be praised for its trailblazing, but predicted that it would be superseded by stronger collections on the same theme. (Full article...)

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