The Bern Convention and CITES in the UK: an exploration of norms and ambiguities

Wyatt, Tanya (2021) The Bern Convention and CITES in the UK: an exploration of norms and ambiguities. Revista Catalana de Dret Ambiental, 12 (1). pp. 1-34. ISSN 2014-038X

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In the Anthropocene, humans are changing and harming the planet in significant and possibly irreversible ways. Biodiversity loss is one of the main elements of these human-caused harms. Wildlife and conservation policies, such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (the Bern Convention) are attempts to stop the loss of wildlife albeit in different ways (i.e., control of trade versus habitat protection). This article explores the implementation of both of these conventions in the UK through a mixed-methods study including content analysis of convention documentation and eight semi-structured interviews. The findings indicate that whilst the UK has a reputation for actively engaging in wildlife conservation and being a nation of animal lovers, management of its own wildlife is under resourced and could be improved. Both conventions are complex, with different parties focusing on different aspects. Stakeholders need to engage in dialogue about the core ethical issues regarding trade and consumption. Trying to expect the inclusion of or to add on species justice and welfare to the existing structures appears to be a step too far for the stakeholders as well as the legislative structures.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding Information: Research Council funded project led by Professor Ragnhild Sollund at the University of Oslo.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animal welfare, Green criminology, Species justice, Speciesism, Wildlife trafficking
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2022 15:55
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2022 16:00

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