Endangered species and ethical perspectives
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Few doubt that humans have obligations concerning endangered species. Whether humans have duties directly to endangered species is a deeper question, part of the larger issue of biodiversity conservation. Many endangered species have no resource value, nor are they particularly important for the usual humanistic reasons: medical, industrial, agricultural resources, scientific study, recreation, ecosystem stability,. Many environmental ethicists believe that species are good in their own right, whether or not they are good for anything. The duties-to-persons-only line of argument leaves deeper ...