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Ignoring Nature No MoreThe Case for Compassionate Conservation$
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Marc Bekoff

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226925332

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226925363.001.0001

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The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare

The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare

(p.171) 13 The Imperative of Steady State Economics for Wild Animal Welfare
Ignoring Nature No More

Brian Czech

University of Chicago Press

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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