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Environmental harmAn eco-justice perspective$
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Rob White

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300403

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300403.001.0001

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Species justice and harm to animals

Species justice and harm to animals

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(p.111) Four Species justice and harm to animals
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Environmental harm
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Rob White

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300403.003.0005

This chapter considers matters pertaining to animal rights and animal welfare. More specifically, it deals with the concept of speciesism. This refers to the practice of discriminating against nonhuman animals because they are perceived as inferior to the human species in much the same way that sexism and racism involve prejudice and discrimination against women and people of different colour. The chapter examines questions such as which species are threatened, Illegal wildlife trade and why some species are favoured by human communities and some are non-valued. How harm to animals is conceptualised thus very much depends upon the perspective one has on the ontological status of animals, the endangered species (their essential ‘nature’ or ‘being’), and how one views the relationship between humans and nonhuman animals.

Keywords:   Speciesism, Animal welfare, Animal rights, Illegal wildlife trade, Endangered species

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