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49 U.B.C. L. Rev. 161 (2016)
Recasting Our Wild Neighbours: Contesting Legal Otherness in Urban Human-Animal Conflicts

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Discussions of human-animal urban co-existence often characterize
relationships between the two as conflict-laden, generally locating
animals on the losing side.1 This type of framing is unfortunate-both
for how it positions animals and also for how it imagines humans
vis-a-vis animals. It is a framing that is undergirded by a centuries-old
binary in cultures dominated by Western intellectual traditions where
humans are sharply distinguished from all other animals and nature is
sharply distinguished from culture. These oppressive binaries-and
the  concept of wildness    that circulates within  them-infuse
human-human relations as well. In fact, the use of animal and wildness
imagery to dehumanize (and thus degrade) certain human bodies has
made the division between human and non-human animals particularly
ingrained. When legal and policy actors rely on terms such as wildlife

   Maneesha Deckha, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria. Erin
   Pritchard, Lawyer, Vancouver. The authors gratefully acknowledge research support
   from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council.
   See e.g. Wency Leung, Man v. Raccoon: Which Side Are You On? The Globe
   and Mail (2 June 2011), online: <www.theglobeandmail.com>. Similar rhetoric
   is evident in scientific texts that purport to be focused on the lives of animals.
   See Victoria M Lukasik & Shelley M Alexander, Human-Coyote Interactions
   in Calgary, Alberta (2011) 16:2 Human Dimensions of Wildlife 114 (which
   begins with the statement that [h]umans have a long history of conflict with
   coyotes at 114).

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