"Hunting as a Moral Good"

Cahoone, Lawrence | from Multimedia Library Collection:
Environmental Values (journal)

Cahoone, Lawrence. “Hunting as a Moral Good.” Environmental Values 18, no. 1 (2009): 67–89. doi: 10.3197/096327109X404771. Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library. http://www.environmentandsociety.org/node/7494.

I argue that hunting is not a sport, but a neo-traditional cultural trophic practice consistent with ecological ethics, including a meliorist concern for animal rights or welfare. Death by hunter is on average less painful than death in wild nature. Hunting achieves goods, including trophic responsibility, ecological expertise and a unique experience of animal inter-dependence. Hunting must then be not only permissible but morally good wherever: a) preservation of ecosystems or species requires hunting as a wildlife management tool; and/or b) its animal deaths per unit of nutrition is lower than that caused by farming practices. Both conditions obtain at least some of the time.

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