Zoo Ethics examines the workings of modern zoos and considers the core ethical challenges faced by people who choose to hold and display animals in zoos, aquariums, or sanctuaries. Jenny Gray asserts the value of animal life and assesses the impacts of modern zoos, including the costs to animals in terms of welfare and the loss of liberty. Gray highlights contemporary events, including the killing of the gorilla Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo in May 2016, the widely publicized culling of a young giraffe in the Copenhagen Zoo in 2014, and the investigation of the Tiger Temple in western Thailand.
Gray describes the positive welfare and health outcomes of many animals held in zoos, the increased attention and protection for their species in the wild, and the enjoyment and education of the people who visit zoos. Zoo Ethics will empower students of animal ethics and veterinary sciences, zoo and aquarium professionals, and interested zoo visitors to have an informed view of the challenges of compassionate conservation and to develop their own ethical positions.
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
"Jenny Gray has developed a compelling and detailed exploration of the ethical management of zoos and of zoo animal welfare. Zoo Ethics is a challenging and thought-provoking read and is essential for zoo professionals and indeed anyone with an interest in animal ethics."-- Susan Hunt, President, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
"Zoo Ethics explores challenges that face modern zoos and aquariums. It is a thought-provoking, balanced discussion of the issues and is both an interesting and challenging read for zoo and aquarium professionals."-- Kristin Vehrs, Executive Director, Association of Zoos and Aquariums
"This text is a meticulous examination of ethical considerations pertaining to zoos and their practices.... The book considers a range of ethical issues, including animal welfare, animal rights, consequentialism, virtue theory, and environmental ethics of the conservation of species. Gray thoughtfully considers these topics in the context of the history of zoos' treatment of animals, both as trained spectacles and in terms of housing.... Overall, this is a provocative, educational resource for students and professionals alike."* Choice *
"An exercise in applied ethics, bringing together ethical frameworks with real information about the ways zoos are run, and their positive and negative impacts.... This book succeeds in giving a sense of the depth of the problem of defining and operating an ethical zoo, and as the author concludes: "It is possible for zoos to be operated ethically. Yet it is not easy" (p. 208)."* QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY *
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