Rewilding’ Leads To More Killing Of Animals. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a press release from Professor Andrew Linzey and Dr Clair Linzey, Directors of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, who will share that rewilding leads to more killing of animals. A challenge to the ethical basis of ‘rewilding’ or ‘reintroductions’ of formerly ‘native’ animals has been made by two animal ethicists. The evidence clearly shows that reintroductions can lead to killing even more animals.
Rewilding’ Leads To More Killing Of Animals
A challenge to the ethical basis of ‘rewilding’ or ‘reintroductions’ of formerly ‘native’ animals has been made by two animal ethicists.
Arguing that their forecasts have been proven correct, the Directors of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, Professor Andrew Linzey and Dr Clair Linzey, maintain that “it is ethically questionable to reintroduce species unless humans are now prepared to tolerate them … the question has to be asked: what good does it do to the released animals if one is only setting up new conflicts between the animals and humans whereby the animals will always be the losers?”
Commenting on the reintroduction of beavers into Scotland since 2009, “The beaver population has steadily increased, such that now NatureScot, the Scottish Government’s nature agency, says the beavers are causing ‘problems’ and ‘pose a risk of serious damage to farmland.’ Thus, despite beavers becoming a European Protected Species in 2019, by the summer of 2021, NatureScot issued licenses to kill beavers, and over 200 have reportedly been killed. This is one example of what we forecast would happen: the snaring, shooting, or poisoning of reintroduced species.”
The Directors continued: “The warnings we (and others) have given have simply not been heeded. The result is that scientists or “conservationists” now apparently have the right to introduce species when and where they think it may aid ‘biodiversity’ without moral censure or ethical debate.”
The key here is that “reintroductions must be subject to ethical scrutiny.” This scrutiny needs to involve a more significant consultation period to account for “likely ecological disruption,” include “a genuine and demonstrable tolerance toward reintroduced species to prevent the repetition of previous attempts at extermination,” and to ensure that the species will “not be reintroduced into environments where they will inevitably be subject to harm from human beings.”
The current approach to reintroducing species means, “Animals are now subject to a gigantic scientific experiment in their supposed best interests but which can only generate more conflict and kill in the long run.”
The whole argument appears in the recently published Spring of the Journal of Animal Ethics (“From the Editors: As We Forecast”, pp. v-vii).
I hope you enjoyed that.
Professor Andrew Linzey and Dr Clair Linzey are Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics directors. Previously published work includes Animal Ethics for Veterinarians (University of Illinois Press), Ethical Vegetarianism and Veganism (Routledge), The Ethical Case against Animal Experiments (University of Illinois Press), The Palgrave Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan), and The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Animal Ethics (Routledge).
The Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics is an independent centre devoted to pioneering ethical perspectives on animals through research, teaching, and publication. See www.oxfordanimalethics.com
The Journal of Animal Ethics is an international, multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Illinois Press. See https://www.press.uillinois.edu/journals/?id=jane