Liv Baker and Rebecca Winkler, Asian elephant rescue, rehabilitation and rewilding


Baker & Winkler’s argument that some humans, especially some Indigenous peoples, neither conceive of themselves as ontologically distinct from nature, nor do they organize their lives as such, is an important one. However, one needs to understand how colonialism and global capitalism have drawn Indigenous peoples and animals into new political economies. The new situation and the constrained opportunities available may have introduced a range of injustices or forms of violence that did not previously exist. This commentary proposes how a multispecies justice lens might assist in evaluating the most just arrangement for all parties, human and non-human.

Author Biography

Danielle Celermajer is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney and lead of the Multispecies Justice Project. Her work brings together human, animal and environmental justice in an effort to understand the ecology of injustice. Her publications include The Prevention of Torture: An Ecological Approach (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Website