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Revista de Bioética y Derecho

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ESTURIAO, Higor  and  FISCHER, Marta Luciane. Multispecies biopolitics: Docile and killable animals. Rev. Bioética y Derecho [online]. 2022, n.55, pp.147-163.  Epub Jan 20, 2023. ISSN 1886-5887.

Based on concepts proposed by M. Foucault and G. Agamben, such as biopolitics, discipline, sovereignty and naked life, we held a discussion about contemporaneous conflicts of interest present in human-animal relations and bet on biopolitics as one of its keys for reading. The hypothesis is that biopolitical references can enrich the discussion about human-animal relations, animal ethics and bioethics. From an exploratory bibliographic review, we raised several works that point out that, on the one hand, biopolitics is not a government exclusive of human life, and extends, rather, to a whole series of living beings: from laboratory mice to dairy cows; on the other hand, if animals are immersed in the paradigm of augmentation of life, of biopolitics, their bodies and lives are also exposed to sovereign power. Therefore, human-animal relations are constituted by production, administration, and discipline, but also bare life, sovereignty, and deaths without murder. Animals float, at least in some relationships, between docile land killable lives.

Keywords : animal welfare; animal ethics; bioethics; speciesism; animal experimentation.

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