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Nonspeciesist criminology and the war against nonhuman animals

Nonspeciesist criminology and the war against nonhuman animals

Banwell, Stacy ORCID: 0000-0001-7395-2617 (2022) Nonspeciesist criminology and the war against nonhuman animals. In: 2022 ASC Annual Meeting: The Future of Criminology, 16th - 19th November 2022, Atlanta, GA. (Unpublished)

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Drawing on nonspeciesist criminology (Beirne, 1999) and debates about the legal personhood status of nonhuman animals, this paper argues that we are currently engaged in a species war against nonhuman animals. It adopts a Clausewitzean interpretation of war to argue that War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity are being committed against nonhuman animals within the animal industrial complex.
To analyze the war against nonhuman animals the paper draws on data from the Global Animal Protection Index; the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; and reports on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, as well as animal husbandry practices.
The war against nonhuman animals is biopolitical. It involves the ‘industrialized reproduction’ of nonhuman animals (Wadiwel, 2015). Within this war, nonhuman animals are reduced to the status of property and their reproductive bodies are commodified within the food industry. This paper makes the case for extending Flynn and Hall’s (2017) proposal for a victimology of nonhuman animals to include victimology during war. To achieve this, nonhuman animals need to be recognized as sentient beings and afforded legal personhood status. This acknowledgement moves us closer towards developing a non-speciesist criminology of war.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: non speciesist criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2023 09:53

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