Nonhuman animals & Indigenous conceptions of respect

Dennis Papadopoulos

Indigenous political philosophy has given a special place to the ecosystems that political communities share. On ecological grounds, Indigenous communities established shared and overlapping jurisdictions with each other and Settler states. This model of shared jurisdiction includes sharing with wild animal communities. Legitimate jurisdiction is given by the ecosystems we share. Our shared ecosystems demand respect from human and wild animal communities. Since wild animals typically have ecologically sustainable behaviour—intentionally or otherwise—they meet these demands legitimizing their jurisdiction. So, humans are obliged to share jurisdiction allowing wild animal communities autonomy within their territories. Full paper:

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