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Ethical Approaches to Elephant Conservation

Ethical Approaches to Elephant Conservation

Chapter:
(p.318) Chapter 21 Ethical Approaches to Elephant Conservation
Source:
The Amboseli Elephants
Author(s):
Joyce H. PooleW. Keith LindsayPhyllis C. LeeCynthia J. Moss
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226542263.003.0021

This chapter considers the treatment of wild elephants. In doing so, it examines several topics that have significant consequences, approaching each from an elephant's point of view: How will the consequences affect elephants individually or collectively, physically and psychologically? And what might be the long-term consequences? The chapter considers the exploitation of elephants for commercial gain, including the ivory trade, sport hunting, and the capture of wild elephants; the human and elephant needs for land; and the methods for addressing locally high densities of elephants, such as translocation, birth control, and culling. In all these areas, there may be ethical judgments regarding the trade-off of interests between elephants and people.

Keywords:   elephant conservation, ethics, wild elephants, ivory trade, sport hunting, birth control

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