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By Bryan G. Norton, Michael Hutchins, Elizabeth F. Stevens, Terry L. Maple

Ethics at the Ark provides a passionate, multivocal discussion—among zoo execs, activists, conservation biologists, and philosophers—about the way forward for zoos and aquariums, the therapy of animals in captivity, and the query of no matter if the person, the species, or the surroundings is an important concentration in conservation efforts. members signify each side of the problems. relocating from the basic to the sensible, from biodiversity to inhabitants rules, from animal learn to captive breeding, Ethics at the Ark represents an enormous accumulating of the numerous fervent and contentious viewpoints shaping the flora and fauna conservation debate.

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At this moment in the zoo's long history, the quality of my ideas and the fitness of my leadership would be severely tested. I was inexperienced, but I was not unprepared. Since the Humane Society of the United States had labeled Atlanta's one of the ten worst zoos in the nation, it was an honorable assignment. Even then I was confident that Atlanta's zoo could be a role model for other neglected zoos. Rising from its ashes, it would become Atlanta's most spectacular phoenix story (Maple and Archibald 1993).

Previous page page_16 next page > < previous page page_17 next page > Page 17 Similarly, ecology teaches us that the extinction of particular species within natural systems simply produces minor adjustments in which other species fill the vacated nichesfor example, the expansion of the coyote following the extermination of the wolf in this country. Species preservation was not adversely affected by evolution and ecology simply because the older conception of species was carried forward uncritically.

Animal liberation arose out of concern about the treatment of domestic animals in the nineteenth century. The key phrase was "unnecessary suffering" expressed in terms of classical utilitarianism in which good and evil are defined in terms of pleasure and pain. In contrast, species preservation in the nineteenth century arose out of a preevolutionary and preecological concern that extinctions would destroy irreplaceable links in the Great Chain of Being. The key phrase was "wanton destruction," which permitted (nonwanton) use without regard to suffering as long as there was no chance that the species would become extinct.

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