De-extinction and Deep Questions About Species Conservation

Ethics, Policy and Environment 20 (1):25-28 (2017)
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T. J. Kasperbauer presents an analysis of the ethics of de-extinction that is fairly distinctive in its focus on the welfare of individual animals. But while he is right to express concerns about individual animal well-being, individualism may not be the most important lens through which to view this issue. If one examines more closely what is at issue in de-extinction technologies in relation to species, additional problems appear that cast doubt both on the legitimacy of de-extinction projects, and on the limited defense of them that Kasperbauer offers.



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