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3 Rel.: Beyond Anthropocentrism 7 (2015)
Animals in Need: The Problem of Wild Animal Suffering and Intervention in Nature

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Animals in Need


The   Problem of Wild Animal Suffering
and   Intervention in Nature


Editorial


Catia  Faria'  - Eze Paez2
PhD  Candidate, Pompeu Fabra University
2 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Pompeu Fabra University
                                              catiaxfaria@gmail.com
                                              joseezequiel.paez@upf.edu



This special volume of Relations. Beyond Anthropocentrism is dedicated to
examining a problem which has recently attracted a great deal of interest.
This is the question about the harms that nonhuman animals suffer in the
wild due to natural causes and the reasons to aid them whenever it is fea-
sible for us to do so. This problem, although tremendously important, has
traditionally received less attention relatively to others, such as the moral
consideration of the nonhuman animals exploited by humans. The tide is
changing, however, as more and more theorists start now to study it and as
new publications addressing it appear.
    The background  assumption  challenged by those who work  on this
topic is the widespread belief that life in the wild is idyllic for nonhuman
animals. It is commonly thought that, in nature, when free from any kind of
human  interference, animals enjoy happy lives, and that any problem they
may  face in that regard is actually due to human action. The truth of the
matter, however, is at odds with this common belief. Unfortunately, reality
is utterly unlike this idyllic picture of life in the wild.
    Animals living in nature undergo systematic harms on a daily basis. The
ways in which this occurs are manifold. Animals are harmed by starvation
and dehydration. They suffer from multiple diseases as well as from injuries
caused by accident. They have to deal with harsh weather and climatic con-
ditions. They suffer many intra and interspecific aggressions - including

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