The Promise of Ecological Regulation: The Case of Intensive Meat
AuthorParker, C; Haines, F; Boehm, L
PublisherAmerican Bar Association
AffiliationSchool of Social and Political Sciences
Melbourne Law School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsParker, C; Haines, F; Boehm, L, The Promise of Ecological Regulation: The Case of Intensive Meat, Jurimetrics, 2018, 59 (1), pp. 15 - 42
Access StatusOpen Access
Eating less intensive meat is a solution to many problems: to human and ecological health and to the intense cruelty visited upon the millions of intensively bred animals across the globe. This Article outlines the contribution regulation makes to this problem and how it might be part of the solution. It begins by summarizing why intensive meat production generates so many problems that cut across regulatory domains. It then shows how current forms of regulation fail to grapple with the intersecting harms generated by intensive meat, highlighting the need for an ecological makeover for regulation itself. Further, regulation, as an instrumental form of law and policy implementation, neglects the interconnected challenges of the whole system. Regulatory scholarship, in the form of responsive regulation, provides ways to overcome at least some of the social aspects of regulatory failure. Yet the Article shows, drawing on two brief case examples highlighting an instrumental and responsive regulatory approach, that the ecological weakness of regulation is often overlooked. Finally, the Article teases out the characteristics of ecologically responsive regulation that can contribute to lowering meat consumption and then examines nascent regulatory tools and strategies that could be refashioned to encourage a shift towards an ecologically rich and socially resilient future.
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