Conservation welfare

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Conservation welfare is a proposed discipline which would focus on establishing the commonalities between conservation and animal welfare and the formation of a foundation upon which the two disciplines can collaborate to further their respective objectives.[1] It would be based on the principles of Peter Singer's utilitarianism and similarly to compassionate conservation, its focus would diverge from environmental ethics in that it concentrates on the welfare of individual animals, rather than species, ecosystems or populations.[2] It has been argued that conservation welfare would be distinct from compassionate conservation because the two disciplines have differing conceptions of the harms experienced by wild animals and that while conservation welfare would seek to engage with conservation scientists and integrate animal welfare into existing conservation practices, compassionate conservation may lack the capacity to "guide decision-making in complex or novel situations."[3]

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  1. ^ Beausoleil, Ngaio J.; Mellor, David J.; Baker, Liv; Baker, Sandra E.; Bellio, Mariagrazia; Clarke, Alison S.; Dale, Arnja; Garlick, Steve; Jones, Bidda; Harvey, Andrea; Pitcher, Benjamin J. (2018). ""Feelings and Fitness" Not "Feelings or Fitness"–The Raison d'être of Conservation Welfare, Which Aligns Conservation and Animal Welfare Objectives". Frontiers in Veterinary Science. 5: 296. doi:10.3389/fvets.2018.00296. ISSN 2297-1769. PMC 6277474. PMID 30538995.
  2. ^ Learmonth, Mark James (November 2020). "Human–Animal Interactions in Zoos: What Can Compassionate Conservation, Conservation Welfare and Duty of Care Tell Us about the Ethics of Interacting, and Avoiding Unintended Consequences?". Animals. 10 (11): 2037. doi:10.3390/ani10112037. PMC 7694286. PMID 33158270.
  3. ^ Beausoleil, Ngaio J. (2020-02-06). "I Am a Compassionate Conservation Welfare Scientist: Considering the Theoretical and Practical Differences Between Compassionate Conservation and Conservation Welfare". Animals. 10 (2): 257. doi:10.3390/ani10020257. ISSN 2076-2615. PMC 7070475. PMID 32041150.