Wild animals and ethical perspectives
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Few ethicists doubt that humans have duties toward domestic animals, but the question of duties to wild animals is more vexed. Leading issues surround hunting and trapping, animal suffering, appropriate levels of management intervention, poisoning, habitat degradation, feral animals, restoration, and endangered species. Duties to wild animals, if they involve care, also involve non-interference, sometimes called hands-off management. Compassion is not the only consideration; and in environmental ethics it plays a different role than in a humanist ethics. Animals live in the wild, subject to ...