Party for animals: Introducing students to democratic representation of nonhumans

Helen Kopnina*

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This article aims to gauge students' perceptions of the Dutch Party for Animals (PvdD) in order to reflect on the political representation of nonhumans (animals). The support for political representation of nonhumans is based on the ethical underpinning of deep ecology; growing recognition of the importance of sustainability; and increased societal support for animal rights and welfare. This article reflects on these developments using Bachelor students' assignments from a Sustainable Business course, which asked them to reflect on the underlying principles of the PvdD. Student assignments indicate that educational efforts targeted at fostering ecological citizenship have a positive effect on the recognition and acceptance of ecocentric values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-435
Number of pages21
JournalSociety and Animals
Issue number4
Early online date26 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


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