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Ethical responsibilities toward wildlife

dc.contributor.authorRolston, Holmes, 1932-, author
dc.contributor.authorAmerican Veterinary Medical Association, publisher
dc.descriptionOriginally a keynote address, "Ethical Responsibilities toward Wildlife," at the American Veterinary Medical Association Forum on "The Veterinarian's Role in the Welfare of Wildlife," Palmer House, Chicago, IL, November 7, 1991.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractSave the whales! Let the bison drown! Let the lame deer suffer! Leave wounded deer to the coyotes! Let the blinded bighorns starve! Treat the bighorns with lung worm! Rescue the sow grizzly! Shoot the feral goats! Sterilize the mustangs! Restore the wolves! Respect wild life! Compassion is not the only consideration in an ethic, and in environmental ethics it plays a different role than in a humanist ethics. To intervene artificially in the processes of natural selection is not to do wild animals any benefit at the level of the good of the kind, although it would benefit an individual. However, intervention is warranted if humans have caused the suffering or threatened the species.
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dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationRolston, Holmes, III, Ethical Responsibilities Toward Wildlife, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 200, no. 5 (March 1, 1992): 615-622.
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartofEnvironmental Ethics: Anthologies and Journal Articles
dc.rights©1992 American Veterinary Medical Association.
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dc.subjectlet nature take its course
dc.subjectsuffering in wild animals
dc.subjectgrizzly bears
dc.subjectmedical intervention in wildlife
dc.titleEthical responsibilities toward wildlife
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