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Should Wildlife Own Land? ASU Law Professor Makes A Case For New Animal Rights

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 11:27am
Updated: Friday, May 14, 2021 - 2:22pm

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Karen Bradshaw Wildlife as Property Owners
Karen Bradshaw, University of Chicago Press
Karen Bradshaw, author of "Wildlife As Property Owners: A New Conception of Animal Rights."

Humans and wildlife have coexisted for centuries, with our species being the stewards or managers of the land. In some ways, that arrangement has been beneficial for both groups. But as we’ve seen on a somewhat regular basis, decisions can end up leading to dramatic ecosystem changes as certain animals become endangered or extinct.

In her new book "Wildlife As Property Owners: A New Conception of Animal Rights," Arizona State University law professor Karen Bradshaw explores how the situation would be different — and she argues, better — if animals had some legal claims to the land they live on.

The Show spoke with her to learn how this would ideally play out.

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