Wild Animal Suffering is Intractable

@article{Delon2018WildAS,
  title={Wild Animal Suffering is Intractable},
  author={Nicolas Delon and Duncan Purves},
  journal={Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics},
  year={2018},
  volume={31},
  pages={239-260}
}
Most people believe that suffering is intrinsically bad. In conjunction with facts about our world and plausible moral principles, this yields a pro tanto obligation to reduce suffering. This is the intuitive starting point for the moral argument in favor of interventions to prevent wild animal suffering (WAS). If we accept the moral principle that we ought, pro tanto, to reduce the suffering of all sentient creatures, and we recognize the prevalence of suffering in the wild, then we seem… Expand
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