Wild animal welfare in international law: the present position and the scope for development

Harrop, Stuart R (2013) Wild animal welfare in international law: the present position and the scope for development. Global Policy, 4 (4). pp. 381-390. ISSN 1758-5880

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Wild animal welfare is a global subject and yet international regulation and policy dealing with welfare is sparse and in places idiosyncratic. Nevertheless, there is potential to develop a comprehensive and coherent international wild animal welfare regime in law and policy derived from the propositions in the World Charter for Nature that life has intrinsic value and deserves ‘respect’. Beyond that, the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species establishes a principle – in the context of international trade but with potential for wider application – that welfare protection should be extended to wild animals under human control. However, further development is more problematic. Although the International Whaling Commission to a minor extent regulates the welfare of hunted whales, there is no
universal approach to extending welfare to freely living animals in international law and policy. This article analyses this background and goes on to recommend a way in which international policy may overcome the challenges of polarised debate and the gulf between moral relativism and moral universalism to develop the foundations of a comprehensive welfare regime at the international level.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Animal welfare International Law
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences > GE170 Environmental policy
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
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Depositing User: Stuart Harrop
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2013 08:06
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2014 14:42
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45980
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