Ethics Hunting Fa08
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Mon 10 Nov 2008
- Do people who hunt and fish have a different relationship to the land than those who do not?
- What are the obligations of those who “own” land? Do people who do not own land have obligations to the land?
- Is the land ethic an ethical framework in the sense of utilitarianism and Kantianism? How is it related to those frameworks?
- Leopold summarizes the land ethic as follows: “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Is this ethic a useful guide to decisions in our daily lives? How would our lives be different if we followed this ethic?
Fri 31 Oct 2008
- Do you think that it is possible to help someone by taking them fishing? Should Norman Maclean have tried different ways of helping his brother-in-law and brother?
- Should environmentalists be concerned about the decline in the number of hunters and anglers? Why or why not?
- Would families in our society be stronger if more family members hunted and fished together?
- Do you think that Mallory Burton made the right decision (at the end of her story)?
Thu 30 Oct 2008
- Do you think that assigning property rights to fish stocks (for example, the IVQs discussed in “Bye-Bye, Bison”) is the best way to prevent overfishing? If not, how else might fish stocks be protected?
- Who should control fishing rights? Local communities? National or state governments? International regulatory agencies?
- Can you find other instances where the “tragedy of the commons” has caused lasting damage to natural resources? Where the tragedy of the commons has been averted?
- Do you find the fishinghurts web site to be persuasive? Why or why not?
- Is aquaculture an ethical alternative to commercial fishing?
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