Silvina Pezzetta

Research, 2019, Grantee Link >

Silvina Pezzetta is an Argentine legal scholar who received a grant to produce accessible scholarly material for professionals from different fields working with non-human animals on the web. She hopes to illuminate key aspects of human-animal relations, from a rights-based point of view, to improve argumentation over 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 seeks to improve the understanding of animal rights.

After receiving her CAF grant, Silvina was able to complete the website, entitled Inter-insular, featuring video interviews with leading figures within animal advocacy. In 2021, she won a Tiny Beam Foundation fellowship, to produce a study on the 2020-21 Argentina–China agreement to build mega-intensive pig farms in Argentina with investments from Chinese corporations, and the role of Argentina’s veterinarians in the intensification of animal agriculture in the country.