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The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare

The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare

Chapter:
(p.171) 13 The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare
Source:
Ignoring Nature No More
Author(s):
Brian Czech
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226925363.003.0013

This chapter discusses how the process of economic growth leads to more habitat destruction and more inhumane treatment of wild animals. It considers two alternatives to growth: economic degrowth and the steady state economy. While degrowth, also known as “recession,” is hardly a viable policy goal, the steady state economy has sociopolitical potential, especially in a world of climate change, resource shortages, and financial crises that threaten the credibility of neoclassical economics. The chapter concludes with a discussion of some of the means available to animal protection advocates for pursuing the establishment of a steady state economy.

Keywords:   economic growth, habitat destruction, wild animals, animal welfare, animal protection, steady state economy

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