Animals, predators, the right to life, and the duty to save lives

Ethics and the Environment 14 (1):pp. 15-27 (2009)
Abstract
One challenge to the idea that animals have a moral right to life claims that any such right would require us to intervene in the wild to prevent animals from being killed by predators. I argue that belief in an animal right to life does not commit us to supporting a program of predator-prey intervention. One common retort to the predator challenge contends that we are not required to save animals from predators because predators are not moral agents. I suggest that this retort fails to overcome the predator challenge. I seek to articulate a more satisfactory argument explaining why we are not required to save wild prey from predators and how this position is perfectly consistent with the idea that animals have a basic right to life.
Keywords animals  predators  right to life  duty to rescue  wilderness intervention
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DOI 10.2979/ETE.2009.14.1.15
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