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SEI in the Media: Dinesh Wadiwel Argues We Must ‘Rethink on Animals as Property’ in The Conversation

Referring to Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, Dr Wadiwel looks at whether animals should be treated separately from capital.

Dr Dinesh Wadiwel, Co-Convenor of HARN, has contributed an article to the Conversation raising serious questions about reconsidering animals as property. Referring to Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Dr Wadiwel looks at whether animals should be treated separately from capital.

 

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century argues that there are good reasons that human labour should be treated separately from capital. The most obvious is that:

‘Human capital cannot be owned by another person or traded on a market.’

Seeing as we do not live in a slave society anymore, it makes no sense to treat human labour as a form of “capital”.

But what about animals as capital? Should animals be treated like other forms of property such as land, machinery and “stocks”? What role do animals that are owned by humans play in the concept of global wealth?

And does potentially owing animals ethical and political consideration contribute to the need for a different understanding of them and their relationship to wealth?

 

Read the full article on the Conversation Australia