At the moment, law making is by reference only to the best interests of people. I would like to see our constitutions and governments formally acknowledge our responsibility to other species as well.
The POW constitution, for example, provides the moral framework for this site. It is premised on all peopleâ€™s presumed desires for freedom, security and equality. But with people having power over the whole environment, shouldnâ€™t the constitution, particularly in the case of a world government (notional though this one is) include something like - â€œTo the extent that the rights of people are not compromised, the rights of freedom and security extend to all animalsâ€?
In a future world that contained this kind of recognition, governments could or should have a department dealing specifically with the advancement of the freedom and security of animals.