A critical review of the compassionate conservation debate
Simon Coghlan, Adam PA Cardilini
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2021
Compassionate conservation holds that compassion should transform conservation. It has prompted heated debate and has been criticized strongly. We reviewed the debate to characterize compassionate conservation and to philosophically analyze critiques that are recurring and that warrant further critical attention. The necessary elements of compassionate conservation relate to the moral value of sentient animals and conservation and to science and conservation practice. Although compassionate conservation has several nontraditional necessary conditions, it also importantly allows a degree of pluralism in values and scientific judgment regarding animals and conservation practice. We identified ..View full abstract
We thank B. Callicott and the anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments. We also thank L. Baker, W. Lynn, and A. Wallach for their helpful comments on an initial draft of the article. An Interdisciplinary Establishment Grant through the Deakin Science & Society Network supported this work.