Lorimer, Jamie and Rahmat, Khatijah (2020) Elephants at work. Animal Sentience 28(7)
Liv Baker and Rebecca Winkler, Asian elephant rescue, rehabilitation and rewilding
Baker & Winkler (B&W) propose rewilding Asian elephants in a model in which they are rescued, rehabilitated and then given work with their mahouts in ecological restoration and ecotourism. In a sympathetic critique, we explore the status that B&W’s analysis accords to work. Types of work and working conditions need to be differentiated. We caution against a model of conservation that would make the future of life conditional on participating in the workforce.