Wildlife as Property Owners: A New Conception of Animal Rights

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Sponsor: Coleman Burke Center for Environmental Law
Event Description Humankind coexists with every other living thing. People drink the same  water, breathe the same air, and share the same land as other animals.  Yet, property law reflects a general assumption that only people can own  land. The effects of this presumption are disastrous for wildlife and  humans alike.  The alarm  bells ringing about biodiversity loss are growing louder, and the  possibility of mass extinction is real. Anthropocentric property is a  key driver of biodiversity loss, a silent killer of species worldwide.  But as law and sustainability scholar Karen Bradshaw shows, if excluding  animals from a legal right to own land is causing their destruction,  extending the legal right to own property to wildlife may prove its  salvation. Wildlife as Property Owners advocates for folding  animals into our existing system of property law, giving them the  opportunity to own land just as humans do—to the betterment of all.

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Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law

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animal rights; wildlife as property owners; environmental law; property rights of animals


CWRU Law Virtual Event

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