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Born To Be Wild: Interventions To Prevent Wild Animal Suffering

By Jack Walker - Philosophy Student @ Churchill College, Cambridge


Philosophical conversations about animals really only focus on those animals we have domesticated. Discussions about vegetarianism, animal testing and the ethics of keeping pets systematically leave out our ethical duties to animals in the wild. Our instinctive reaction is likely that, given the harms inflicted on wild animals by the human caused climate crisis, the best thing for us is to simply leave them be as much as possible. However, this idea has been challenged as people have looked more deeply into these realities of what life is like for a wild animal. In the remainder of this article, I present an arg