Franks, Becca; Webb, Christine; Gagliano, Monica; and Smuts, Barbara (2020) Conventional science will not do justice to nonhuman interests: A fresh approach is required. Animal Sentience 27(17)
Adrian Treves, Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, and William S. Lynn, Just preservation
Treves et al. (2019) make a convincing case that conservation efforts need to go beyond an anthropocentric worldview. Implementing that vision, however, will require human advocates to represent nonhuman interests. Where will the knowledge of those interests come from? How can humans know what is in the best interest of another animal, a plant, or an ecosystem? We discuss how the values embedded in current scientific practices may be ill-suited to representing nonhuman interests and we offer some ideas for correcting these shortcomings.