Animal Rights and the Problem of r-Strategists

  title={Animal Rights and the Problem of r-Strategists},
  author={Kyle Johannsen},
  journal={Ethical Theory and Moral Practice},
  • Kyle Johannsen
  • Published 1 April 2017
  • Psychology
  • Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
Wild animal reproduction poses an important moral problem for animal rights theorists. Many wild animals give birth to large numbers of uncared-for offspring, and thus child mortality rates are far higher in nature than they are among human beings. In light of this reproductive strategy – traditionally referred to as the ‘r-strategy’ – does concern for the interests of wild animals require us to intervene in nature? In this paper, I argue that animal rights theorists should embrace fallibility… 
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