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Ethics on the Ark: Zoos, Animal Welfare, and Wildlife Conservation

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Ethics on the Ark presents a passionate, multivocal discussion—among zoo professionals, activists, conservation biologists, and philosophers—about the future of zoos and aquariums, the treatment of animals in captivity, and the question of whether the individual, the species, or the ecosystem is the most important focus in conservation efforts. Contributors represent all ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published July 17th 1996 by Smithsonian Books (first published July 1995)
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Laura
Jan 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Bravo to the editors for compiling essays covering the extremes of both the pro- and anti-zoo perspectives (and managing a few middle-ground compromises). This book is the result of a series of discussion groups held in Atlanta. A heavy emphasis is placed on the ethics of captive breeding -- how it should be managed, whether it actually accomplishes anything related to conservation, whether it should be done at all. There is an attempt made to reconcile the conservationists and the animal rights ...more
Heather Browning
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great collection of essays exploring the ethical issues surrounding captive management programs in zoos - animal welfare, taking animals from the wild, management euthanasia, liaising with public. The book is twenty years old now and that's probably the primary weakness as some of the material felt outdated. The focus in the 90s on zoo breeding programs for reintroduction has now been largely replaced by a focus on connection and education for the public, and support for in situ ...more
Fred
This is an interesting collection of essays for people both for and against modern Zoological Parks and Aquariums. It's a little bit dated coming as many of them do from the 1990's but of no less quality for that. In some ways it's interesting to see how zoos and aquariums have evolved over the last twenty years and which of these theorists were correct in guessing what the industry should and would become.

The pessimists were somewhat hard for me to read as I can't say that I agreed with their
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