Southern Resident Orca Conservation: Practical, Ethical and Political Issues

Ethics, Policy and Environment (forthcoming)
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This article focuses on practical, ethical and political issues that arise in the context of cetacean conservation. Our point of departure is the controversy surrounding plans to assist J50, an ailing member of the southern resident orca population, during the summer of 2018. A brief history of cetacean captivity provides context for the current backlash against captivity. We then argue that, in many cases, interventions aimed at capture, rehabilitation and release are practically feasible and that such interventions are ethically justifiable. Moreover, the political context highlights the importance of engaging a broad range of stakeholders in conservation decision making.

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