The Paradigm Shift in Human-whale Interactions:

Lessons from Science, Cooperation and Transnational Commitments

Novel perspectives of how social relations were constructed as interspecies relations have emphasised that we are part of a complex and diversified network. This essay by Ana Lucia Camphora, author of ‘Animals and society in Brazil from the 16th to the 19th century’ focuses on the feasibility of the trans-formation of collective perceptions, political and ethical responses regarding the improvement of human-animal relationships and some conside-rations about the contemporary efforts coordinated at transnational and national levels aiming to protect large cetaceans.