Biodiversity, Species Protection, and Animal Welfare Under International Law

16 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2018

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Guillaume Futhazar

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law

Date Written: September 13, 2018

Abstract

The purpose of this analysis is to explore the influence of the concept of animal welfare on international biodiversity law. A close examination of the recent evolution of this branch of international law shows that animal welfare has an ambivalent place in biodiversity-related agreements. Indeed, while welfare is only a faint consideration in the development of international regimes dealing with biodiversity as a whole, the concept has become an essential element for agreements dealing with the conservation of specific endangered species. Despite its role in these agreements, the place of animal welfare in international biodiversity law highlights that this corpus of rules is currently insufficient to be an effective tool for the protection of wildlife welfare. The last section of this study suggests that the adoption of international rules aiming at ensuring the protection of wild animals’ welfare could serve the double purpose of strengthening the conservation purpose of biodiversity regimes while also filling the welfare gap of international biodiversity law.

Keywords: Animal welfare, international biodiversity law, species sonservation, evolution of international environmental law, animal v. environmental ethics

Suggested Citation

Futhazar, Guillaume, Biodiversity, Species Protection, and Animal Welfare Under International Law (September 13, 2018). Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2018-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3248916 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3248916

Guillaume Futhazar (Contact Author)

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law ( email )

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69120 Heidelberg, 69120
Germany

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