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How Environmentally-Friendly is Whaling: An Ecological Perspective

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dc.contributor.author Freeman, Milton M. R. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:36:31Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:36:31Z
dc.date.issued 1992 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-06-28 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-06-28 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1398
dc.description.abstract "Much of international debate about management objectives and appropriate utilization of both whale and elephant populations centres on whether it is appropriate to regard these stocks as being essentially the same or fundamentally different from other biotic or mammalian resource stocks. Increasingly it appears that sectors of western society imbue both whales and elephants (and certain other selected species, e.g. see Kellert 1986) with a special status that requires that they be treated fundamentally differently from other species for management and conservation purposes. "The special status accorded whales and elephants comes in part from their biological characteristics, though very often these may be imputed or imagined biological characteristics rather than scientifically established ones. For example, the question of 'intelligence,' or communication abilities, or behavioral or social characteristics of these particular animals are areas where sentimentality, imagination, extreme anthropomorphization, or mere wishful thinking frequently overtakes the available scientific evidence. Unfortunately it is not only non-scientists who suffer lapses of critical thinking in regard to these matters (though often these scientists are non-specialists in the areas of science they uncritically embrace). "It is easy to be misled in these matters, as government officials, public figures, the media and various national and international organizations promote the impression that whales and elephants are highly intelligent, seriously endangered and subject to needless and irresponsible slaughter and consequently in urgent need of total protection. "Many scientists associate themselves with these 'environmental' campaigns. Championing a popular 'green' cause certainly can provide a welcome change from labouring in relative obscurity, as public advocacy may result in invitations to speak and be consulted, the promise of travel, and, perhaps, enhanced access to research funds." en_US
dc.subject whaling en_US
dc.subject environmental ethics en_US
dc.subject ecological economics en_US
dc.subject water resources en_US
dc.title How Environmentally-Friendly is Whaling: An Ecological Perspective en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.subject.sector Water Resource & Irrigation en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Inequality and the Commons, the Third Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates September 17-20, 1992 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Washington, DC en_US
dc.submitter.email aurasova@indiana.edu en_US

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