Ethical Debates in Orangutan Conservation

Ethical Debates in Orangutan Conservation explores how conservationists decide whether, and how, to undertake rehabilitation and reintroduction (R&R) when rescuing orphaned orangutans. The author demonstrates that exploring ethical dilemmas is crucial for understanding ongoing disagreements about how to help endangered wildlife in an era of anthropogenic extinction. Les mer
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Ethical Debates in Orangutan Conservation explores how conservationists decide whether, and how, to undertake rehabilitation and reintroduction (R&R) when rescuing orphaned orangutans. The author demonstrates that exploring ethical dilemmas is crucial for understanding ongoing disagreements about how to help endangered wildlife in an era of anthropogenic extinction.


Although R&R might appear an uncontroversial activity, there is considerable debate about how, and why, it ought to be practised. Drawing on in-depth qualitative research with orangutan conservation practitioners, this book examines how ethical trade-offs shape debates about R&R. For example, what if the orphan fails to learn how to be an orangutan again, after years in the company of humans? What if she is sent into the forest only to slowly starve? Would she have been better off in a cage? Could the huge cost of sending a rescued ape back to the wild be better spent on stopping deforestation in the first place? Or do we have a moral obligation to rescue the orphan regardless of cost? This book demonstrates that deconstructing ethical positions is crucial for understanding ongoing disagreements about how to help our endangered great ape kin and other wildlife.


Ethical Debates in Orangutan Conservation is essential reading for those interested in conservation and animal welfare, animal studies, primatology, geography, environmental philosophy, and anthropology.

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Abbreviations





Introduction: To Save is to Sacrifice


Approach


Methodology


What Are Ethics?


Conservation, Welfare, Liberation


Triage and Trade-Offs


Roadmap





Chapter 1: Orangutans and their Conservation


Orangutans: A Natural and Cultural History


Conservation: The Old, the New, and the Ugly


Pancasila and Palm Oil: Conservation in Indonesia


Orangutans as Tourism Mascots: Conservation in Malaysian Borneo


"Please Don't Set Up Any More!" The NGO Network


Orangutans in the Anthropocene





Chapter 2: Kill, Incarcerate, or Liberate? Alternatives to Reintroduction


Orangutan Reintroduction: Conservation Tool or Cry in the Wilderness?


Replenishing Wild Populations: A Post-Hoc Argument?


Forest Restoration and Protection: Reintroduction as Political Incentive for Conservation


Law Enforcement: Is Trade a Cause of Consequence of Orangutan Endangerment?


Ignoring Displaced Wildlife "Breaks the Hearts of People": Educational Benefits of R&R


Freedom isn't Free: The Cost-(In)effectiveness of R&R


Killing


What Counts as Euthanasia?


Personhood and Penance: Orangutan Rights and Human Responsibilities


Sentience and Speciesism: The Ethics of Killing Orangutans Versus Other Species


Incarceration


Surplus and Scarcity: The Practical Problem of Housing Orphaned Orangutans


Where is "Home"? Orangutans and Nationality


Life of Luxury or Prison? The Welfare Implications of Captivity Versus the Wild


Integrity, Islam, and Independence: Wildness as Inherently Valuable


Weighing Wildness and Welfare





Chapter 3: What is a Rehabilitation Centre? Boundary-Work in Conservation


What's in a Name? The Preference for "Rehabilitation Centre" Over "Sanctuary"


To Breed or Not to Breed? Distinguishing Rehabilitation Centres from Zoos


Dehuminization and Dualisms: Defining Wildness


Sustainability and Sacrifice: The Ethics of Wildlife Tourism


A Tenuous Boundary?


A Counter Example: Rehabilitation Centre or Release Site?





Chapter 4: Sense and Sentimentality: Emotion in Environmental Ethics


Eyes and PIEs: The Development of Ethical Stances


Feelings and Facts: The Relationship Between Emotion and Rationality


Selfishness and Sacrifice: Two Specific Worries About Emotion in Orangutan Conservation


Triage and Trouble: More Thought, Not Less Emotion





Chapter 5: No Space on the Ark: Triage in Wildlife Rescue


Selecting Citizens: Sacrifice and Speciesism in Admission Practices


Creating Two Problems, or Solving One? The Dilemma