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Animals, Equality and Democracy examines the constitution of animal safety laws and reveals that it really is deeply inequitable, with a bent to favour these animals the neighborhood is probably to work out and have interaction with. Siobhan O'Sullivan argues that those inequities violate basic precept of justice and transparency.

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This is despite the fact that the state intercedes to limit property rights in relation to animal property items in a wide range of circumstances. According to the most common critique of the economic principles informing the structure of animal protection regulations, the concept of ‘necessary’ or ‘justifiable’ suffering lies at the heart of the commercial functionality of animal protection statutes. Necessary suffering is also the leading cause of the internal inconsistency. 31 This is also the case in many parts of the developed world, including the United States and Australia.

23 However, the view that animals’ status as property items is a fundamental barrier to the establishment of strong legal protection is contentious. 25 Garner argues that: It is not the existence of stringent property rights that explains the relatively poor animal welfare record in the United States [compared to Britain]. Rather, it is the fact that animals are regarded as insufficiently important to be included within a Mill type harm principle within which their interests would sometimes prevail.

However, the difference in the level of protection afforded the two types of rabbits is more extreme than may be suggested by the exclusion of a single piece of protective legislation, as occurs in the case of Agricultural Rabbits. As they say, ‘the devil is in the detail’. While Exhibited and Agricultural Rabbits in New South Wales are protected under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, Section 24 of that Act stipulates that most of the Act’s clauses do not apply to Agricultural Animals at all.

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