The ethics of managing elephants

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Peer-Reviewed Research
  • SDG 15
  • Abstract:

    English: If human beings may legitimately intervene in conservation areas to let nature be and to protect the lives of all animals under their care, managing elephants must be legitimate as part of the conservation of natural world diversities. If this is true, are current management options ethically acceptable? This article investigates the ethics of four management options: the simulation of nature, translocation, contraception, and culling. It draws the conclusion that all four options are ethically flawed, since they all require some violation of the important injunctions to let nature be and to treat individual animals with respect.