Wildlife consumption

Cultural and environmental values in China and Southeast Asia

Authored by: Kyle Swan , Kirsten Conrad

Routledge Handbook of Environment and Society in Asia

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415659857
eBook ISBN: 9781315774862
Adobe ISBN: 9781317685715

10.4324/9781315774862.ch19

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Abstract

A common way of looking at environmental problems suggests that they are almost exclusively the result of bad things people do. Solutions to these problems begin with philosophers, conservation activists and policy advocates articulating a moral vision that explains what is wrong with people polluting an area or (over-)using a resource, and, especially in the case of non-human animals, what is wrong in even viewing them as a resource to be used for human ends. Environmentalists work to communicate a set of values, which provides the basis for rules and policies that will protect environmental goods by discouraging or preventing people from doing the bad things. In other words, they apply ethics. They attempt to make things right.

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