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An omniocracy is a government with representation for all living beings. It is a term that is bantered about frequently at animal rights events. Many activists hold that no other form of government adheres to the animal rights agenda.

Omniocracy is specifically defined as follows: 1. a government for all living beings; a form of government in which the supreme power is exercised by elected representatives whose responsibility it is to equally consider the interests of all living beings; a form of government in which all living beings are constituents. 2. a political system based upon the philosophical principle of giving value and consideration to all living beings within a community.

The term "omniocracy" was invented by animal advocate and author, Dr. Charlotte Laws in the 1980s. She discusses the idea in articles and in a number of books: Rebel in High Heels,[1] Armed for Ideological Warfare,[2] Uncaged[3] and Animals and the Environment: Advocacy, activism and the quest for common ground.[4] Laws argues that democracy and other human-centered political systems are elite and unjust forms of government that ignore the interests of the truly powerless and voiceless members of society, namely nonhuman animals.

Supporters of an omniocratic system say that all existing political systems are anthropocentric: from democracies to monarchies, communist regimes and aristocracies. A “democracy” in fact relies upon the root word “demos” which means “populace.” A democracy places those who are excluded (nonhumans) in an inferior position. Their interests are routinely overlooked in favor of human ones, and are even routinely subordinated in order to preserve inanimate property (lifestyle, riches, money) and corporate assets.

Within an omniocracy, elected officials must consider the interests of all living entities as part of the decision-making process. Nonhumans are constituents in much the same way as are infants within a democracy. They have political representation despite their inability to vote, speak out or run for office.


  1. [1] Stroud House, 2015, pp. 256-258.
  2. University of Southern California Press, 2000.
  3. [2] Davidow Press, 2013, pp. 71-72.
  4. [3] Chapter 19 titled "Recipe for Cooperation: Omniocracy and the Definitional Good," Routledge, 2015.

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