Property rights and endangered species
Rolston, Holmes, 1932-
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Human property rights have been well analyzed in legal and moral traditions, but human duties to endangered species are novel. The "adequate concern and conservation" that Congress in the Endangered Species Act makes imperative lies outside traditional legal property rights and outside classical ethical theory. The Act is visionary and implementing it is forcing seminal rethinking. We probe a tension between respect for life at the species level and respect for property.