UK Policy brief by Tanya Wyatt
In the Anthropocene, humans are changing and harming the planet in significant and possibly irreversible ways. Biodiversity loss is one of the main elements of these human-caused harms.
Glencoe Lochan. Photo: Daniel Kraft.
Wildlife and conservation policies, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (the Bern Convention) are attempts to stop the loss of wildlife albeit in different ways (i.e., control of wildlife trade versus habitat protection).
This policy brief summarises the implementation of both conventions in the UK (United Kingdom) uncovered through a mixed-methods study including content analysis of convention documentation and eight semi-structured interviews. The larger implication of this case study is that more fundamental conversations need to be arranged to discuss core ethical issues regarding the trade and consumption of wildlife. The content analysis and interviews revealed that consideration as to whether humans are prioritised over wildlife and whether some wildlife are prioritised over others (speciesism), and the welfare of individual non-human animals within the trade and conservation contexts rarely takes place.
You can download the Crimeanthrop's UK Policy Brief here.