Silvina Pezzetta

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Silvina Pezzetta is an Argentine legal scholar who received a grant to produce academic yet accessible material for professionals from different fields working with non-human animals. Titled “Who is entitled to speak for non-human animals?” she hopes to illuminate key aspects of human-animal relations, from a rights-based point of view, to improve the argumentation over the non- human animal representation dispute in contested situations. She writes:

The animal turn in Argentina is now visible and growing rapidly. But judges, veterinarians, biologists, and decision-makers do not always understand what an animal rights-based position means. Therefore, disputes around who is entitled to speak for the animals appear every time there is a case that involves them. By generating academic material about key concepts, this project will seek to improve the understanding of animal rights.