Ethics of Whaling. In search of the right thing to do. History of Antarctic Whaling. Should Whaling Be Banned?. Answer has several dimensions: economic cultural scientific moral Our discussion will be limited to moral arguments. Ethical Inquiry. “Seeking the right thing to do.”
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In search of the right thing to do
Cruelty ought to be condemned and discouraged
Therefore whaling is wrong.
Are premises true?
Does conclusion follow logically?
Is moral principle justifiable?Argument #1 Evaluation
solely on species
“Whenever I injure life of any
sort, I must be quite clear
whether it is necessary.
Beyond the unavoidable,
I must never go.” Albert Schweitzer
“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.”