Wilson, Michael L. and Lehman, Clarence L. (2019) Humans: Uniquely responsible for causing conservation problems, uniquely capable of solving them. Animal Sentience 23(19)
Colin A. Chapman and Michael A. Huffman, Why do we want to think humans are different?
We share Chapman & Huffman’s views on the importance of promoting animal welfare and conservation. We disagree with their implication, however, that reverence for life and concern for the wellbeing of global ecosystems depend on a belief that other living things are similar to humans in any of their capacities. Humans exhibit special traits — language, cumulative culture, extraordinary capacity for cooperation when we are at our best, and ever-advancing technological developments — that enabled them to dominate the planet, resulting in the current conservation crisis. It is precisely the fact that humans have become unique that provides hope for finding conservation solutions.