Climate change, conservation and the place for wild animal welfare in international law

Harrop, Stuart (2011) Climate change, conservation and the place for wild animal welfare in international law. Journal of Environmental Law, 23 (3). pp. 441-462. ISSN 0952-8873

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Abstract

There is an epistemological gulf between animal welfare and nature conservation that has, for the most part, frustrated a practical working relationship. Welfare components are scarce in international wildlife management law and are typically subordinate to conservation objectives. However, predictions concerning the combined effect of climate change and biodiversity decline describe a shrinking of the ‘wild’ and a reduction of natural habitats. The necessary conservation responses to this may force more species into controlled conditions and increase the need for conservation interventions that have an impact on the welfare of animals. In these circumstances the need to inject compassion into conservation law and policy becomes much greater. This article explores the trajectory of conservation and welfare legislation in the context of predicted climate changes and in so doing foresees the need for a more comprehensive and sophisticated international regulatory regime setting out animal welfare standards to support future conservation strategies.

Keywords: wild animal welfare, conservation, international law, climate change, CITES

Item Type: Article
Keywords: wild animal welfare, conservation, international law, climate change, CITES
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1298 Evolutionary and genetic ethics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography > GF075 Human influences on the environment
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV0697 Protection, assistance and relief > HV0700 Special classes > HV4701 Protection of animals. Animal rights. Animal welfare
K Law
Q Science > QP Physiology > QP0001 General Including influence of the environment
Depositing User: Stuart Harrop
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 12:36
Last Modified: 21 May 2013 12:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/44803
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