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Animals, Equality and Democracy examines the constitution of animal safety laws and reveals that it's deeply inequitable, with an inclination to favour these animals the group is probably to determine and interact with. Siobhan O'Sullivan argues that those inequities violate primary precept of justice and transparency.

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Where would our commerce be? How would our food be carried from the railways to the distributing centres, and from the shops to the homes? 1 The epigraph to this chapter is taken from the history of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the United Kingdom. It serves as a reminder of the insidious position many animals occupy. They are a central part of our economic system and work hard on our behalf. Yet they have no capacity to utilise political processes in order to defend their interests.

To better understand how animals are written into regulatory instruments it is first necessary to distinguish between free-living and captive animals. The free-living group is then divided into two further subgroups: native and introduced animals. Native animals are commonly perceived of as being ‘good’ or ‘desirable’ animals, while introduced species are often cast as ‘undesirables’ or ‘pests’, although that distinction is not made in all cases. Importantly, the laws that affect the lives of free-living animals are not normally welfare laws per se.

Similarly, in jurisdictions where Agricultural Animals are raised or slaughtered, food and water deprivation almost certainly occurs on a regular basis, for example, during transportation. Agricultural Animals are routinely denied water prior to and during transportation as urination makes trucks slippery and therefore animals more difficult to unload. The practice of denying air, water, shelter or food to animals for research purposes does not mean that all animals may be legally denied air, water, shelter or food.

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