It is against the law to steal from or hurt other people, and it is against the law to kill another person.  However, it is not currently against the law to wilfully harm the environment for human gain.

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Image: Ecocide by Thomas Hawk

Information sourced from:

Stop Ecocide (November 17th 2020) Top international lawyers to draft definition of "Ecocide" [Online] Available from: https://www.stopecocide.earth/press-releases-summary/top-international-lawyers-to-draft-definition-of-ecocide?fbclid=IwAR06ANHyOFwiT_6WU8DcTduYYVuEbfu0p39sMKEwzrVAPEHLNkwbSA2vbKw [Accessed 23/11/20]

BBC Future Planet, By Sophie Yeo (6th November 2020) Ecocide: Should killing nature be a crime? [Online] Available from: https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20201105-what-is-ecocide [Accessed 23/11/20]

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (2013), Gulf Oil Spill [online], Available from: http://ocean.si.edu/gulf-oil-spill [accessed 02/06/2015].

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