Killing nature to save it? ethics, economics and the trophy hunting of black rhinoceros

Hannis, M (2017) Killing nature to save it? ethics, economics and the trophy hunting of black rhinoceros. In: BSU Environmental Humanities Research Centre Public Lecture, 13 December 2017, Bath Spa University, UK.

Abstract

Supported by large conservation NGOs, the US government has recently reaffirmed its support for the counter-intuitive practice of raising funds for conservation by selling rights to shoot individuals of the very species being conserved. This talk explores discourse generated by the controversial trophy hunting of an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia by a wealthy US hunting enthusiast. Consideration of the conflicting ethical arguments, illustrated by hypothetical analogous cases, suggests that what initially appears as a triumph of utilitarianism over other ethical approaches may be better understood as a triumph of economics over ethics.

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Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2018 13:03
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