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Reflecting on 25 Years of Teaching Animal Law: Is it Time for an International Crime of Animal Ecocide?

Legge, D and Brooman, SD (2020) Reflecting on 25 Years of Teaching Animal Law: Is it Time for an International Crime of Animal Ecocide? Liverpool Law Review, 41 (2). pp. 201-218. ISSN 0144-932X

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Abstract

2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the introduction of Animal Law to the law degree at Liverpool John Moores University. This article examines changes in the legal protection of animals during this time and the impact this will have on research and scholarship in the law relating to animals. We examine whether the overall international treatment of animals has improved and how far the approach to the Animal Law curriculum should be influenced by the growth in concerns around climate change. In this context, we examine the development of the law of ecocide and the extent to which it addresses concerns around animal welfare across the globe. We suggest that those involved in the development of Animal Law, ethics and policy might usefully engage in a new vision of ecocide, which incorporates a clearer notion of 'animal ecocide'. This new approach would enhance the international and national focus on animals in their own right, would recognise increasing knowledge of animal sentience and would move our responsibilities to them beyond anthropocentric approaches to environmental protection. We argue that the inclusion of a more specific reference to animal ecocide would contribute to the development of Animal Law and would lead to an enhanced relationship between Animal Law and attempts to protect the environment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1801 Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KD England and Wales
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Divisions: Law
Publisher: Springer
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Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2020 10:21
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2020 10:21
DOI or Identification number: 10.1007/s10991-020-09253-0
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14188

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