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.