Animal sensitivity and holistic vision of the Constitution

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    User: DaphnéeE

    I think there’s a philosophical lack in section E called “environnemental law” that may lead to a renforcement of it. Considering the speed of the effects of global warming, and the pursuit of happiness for all that leads the establishment of the Scottish Constitution, the environnemental part has to be more ambitious, innovant, anticipate the needs and the situation of the future generations in a world that is about to change a lot. A constitution has to be the reflect of the concerns of its contemporaries. Today they are works in philosophy that established a new distinction beetween being an agent passive and active, and it applied to animals, which drive philosophers to consider the sensitivity of animals and also their political essence.(Here I am thinking of the case of farmed salmon, who die in captivity, beause of bad treatments and overpopulation) For example, Corinne Pelluchon in her Ethics of the Consideration, explain that in order to becoming really aware of the global warming we have to change our view of environnement, to a get a holistic vision of it, replace the human being among his environnement, and not considering that is the center of it. Environnement and humanity have to be closely linked. And in that Constitution too. On a more legal aspect, we have the work of Valerie Cabanes, a french lawyer who act for a recognition of nature as a subject of law, and following this idea qualify ecocide as an international crime against peace. Because in our today’s world, this type of crimes are sentenced mostly because of the economic losses which they cause.

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