Of elephants and men

Helen Kopnina*

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Baker & Winkler's target article is well-researched and thought-provoking, but I do have four points of contention: (1) The proposal to entrust elephants to traditional mahout culture has restricted elephants' freedom of movement and reproduction and (ab)used them. (2) The concept of "indigenous" simultaneously reifies and denigrates the "noble savages", privileging only human indigenous groups, ignoring nonhuman indigenes. (3) Most lifestyles have been globalized under consumer-economic and anthropocentric worldviews. (4) The fact that people (including mahouts) are part of nature does not mean they are benevolent, any more than cities, monocultures, or roads are.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalAnimal Sentience
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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