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It is often presumed that the well-being of wild animal individuals should be irrelevant to our ethico-political decision-making. Arguments for this conclusion include the views that life in the wild is idyllic; that “nature knows best” and we can only hubristically mess up; that eco-systems (and species) have intrinsic value and shouldn’t be modified; that non-human animals don’t count in general, or count for much less than human animals (speciesism); that non-harm is of much greater importance than help, and that we can’t help wild animals on a large scale without harming some; or that we should, at any rate, have very different priorities. In this talk, we examine the evidence, or lack thereof, for these views and ask: How should we act with respect to wild animals?
The talk was held at the University of Zurich on December 6, 2013.
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