The Ethics of Culling Elephants. Should elephants be culled?. Three stories… Ian Whyte Sipho Morake Jason Smith Culling elephants is… an international issue at odds with conservation? . Recent history of elephants in Africa demand for ivory
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The Ethics of Culling Elephants
Recent history of elephants in Africa
Kruger’s dilemma: A case study
1. A complex set of intersecting issues
2. Even no decision is a major decision, because of the consequences.
3. Science has information, not answers. Emotions have attitudes, not solutions.
otherwise we will merely condone human intervention and interference that occur anyway.
1. deep appreciation - in awe of its wonders
2. interests of the current generation
Conclusion 4: We cannot ignore the interests of tourists… manage with the utmost care to portray natural world diversity at its best.
3. future generations
4. pragmatic uses
Must we reject sustainable use of wildlife?
Conclusion 6 - Translocation
 Culling only to deal with a serious and imminent threat to the continued existence of the rich diversities of the natural world.
how many elephants to fulfill their creative ecosystemic function of opening up woodland
to establish habitat requirements,
open up living space, and
generate opportunities for other species to flourish.
 Culling can never be the first option, but must be the only option left to avoid a conservation disaster
 well-trained, professional teams should avoid prolonging any suffering by killing the elephants as humanely as possible in as short a time as possible [debriefing, counselling?]
 The number of elephants to be culled must be proportionate to the threat they pose.
 As much as possible of the evidence of a culling must be removed from the conservation area for the sake of the elephants.
 One could argue a case that magnificent trophy animals ought to be excluded from culling…
The case for not killing elephants in special relationships with humans needs almost no argument.
 If culling is justified in a specific case, then the meat, hide, and ivory must be utilized to the benefit of conservation.