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How teaching ethics can be the most persuasive method for preserving our hunting and conservation heritage




Sabbeth, Michael, speaker
Calderazzo, John, moderator
International Wildlife Ranching Symposium, producer

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Our Land Ethic and our conservation and hunting traditions cannot defend or advance themselves. Such achievements require rhetorical skill, wisdom, confidence, moral clarity and hard work. Skillful persuasion that appeals to ethics and character can most effectively sustain and strengthen our conservations and hunting traditions. Rhetorical skills can be used to re-frame and refute the moral and factual foundations of uninformed or bad-faith arguments that attack hunting and conservation models. It is effective to craft the most effective arguments that justify hunting and conservation as virtuous qualities of the American character and which are necessary for wildlife's survival. Three levels of ethical obligations link us to future generations: duties to the animals and the land; duties to self and duties to society. We cannot preserve for the future if we fail to preserve what we have today. Relationships need to be established among information, wisdom, character, consequences, and persuasion; and how each affects the future of hunting and conservation in our current and evolving culture. We cannot win elections, we cannot win funding, and we cannot win the popular culture unless we first persuasively win the arguments based on ethics and facts. Learn how to win arguments to secure the future of hunting and the land ethic we value.


Moderator: John Calderazzo.
Presented at the 8th international congress for wildlife and livelihoods on private and communal lands: livestock, tourism, and spirit, that was held on September 7-12, 2014 in Estes Park, Colorado.

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Wildlife management -- Congresses
Range management -- Congresses


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