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Human Sentiment and the Future of Wildlife

David E. Cooper

Environmental Values 2(1993): 335-346. doi: 10.3197/096327193776679855

Identifying what is wrong with the demise of wildlife requires prior identification of the human sentiment which is offended by that demise. Attempts to understand this in terms of animal rights (individual or species) and the benefits of wildlife to human beings or the wider environment are rejected. A diagnosis of this sentiment is attempted in terms of our increasing admiration, in the conditions of modernity and postmodernity, for the 'harmony' or 'at homeness' of wild animals with their environments. The diagnosis is defended against certain misunderstandings, and implications are tentatively drawn from it for environmental education and the management of wildlife.


KEYWORDS: Animal ethics, animal rights, environmental education, moral sentiment, species, wildlife



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