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Welcoming, wild animals, and obligations to assist

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posted on 2022-04-01, 16:12 authored by Josh MilburnJosh Milburn
What we could call ‘relational non-interventionism’ holds that we have no general obligation to alleviate animal suffering, and that we do not typically have special obligations to alleviate wild animals’ suffering. Therefore, we do not usually have a duty to intervene in nature to alleviate wild animal suffering. However, there are a range of relationships that we may have with wild animals that do generate special obligations to aid—and the consequences of these obligations can be surprising. In this paper, it is argued that we have special obligations to those animals we have historically welcomed or encouraged into our spaces. This includes many wild animals. One of the consequences of this is that we may sometimes possess obligations to actively prevent rewilding—or even to dewild—for the sake of welcomed animals who thrive in human-controlled spaces.

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British Academy (grant number PF19\100101)

History

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • International Relations, Politics and History

Published in

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

Volume

34

Issue

6

Publisher

Springer

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Author

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Springer under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

2021-11-01

Publication date

2021-11-27

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1187-7863

eISSN

1573-322X

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Josh Milburn. Deposit date: 28 March 2022

Article number

33

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