Humans’ Moral Obligation to Preserve Endangered Species

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Humans’ Moral Obligation to Preserve Endangered Species

Many species that exists today are becoming endangered to extinction. In the past era where humans did not exist, extinction occurred due to natural causes. On this present time however, extinction of species are threatened by humans’ existence. Humans are the only moral agent; in which, it has the intellectual capacity that animals and plants do not have. Thus, humans are powerful and dominate over any species. Many practices that humans do such as: tree logging, environment pollution, exploitation of animals and others has led to many species being endangered to extinction. Thus, humans have a moral obligation to preserve endangered species for such reasons focus on
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Another example would be the Foklorama event here in Winnipeg where people represents their countries and shows off their culture by educating people about their culture. Therefore, humans have a moral obligation to preserve endangered species base on communities’ cultural icons. Every place has a unique species in which it can only be found in those places. Those unique species is a part of which it represents their culture. For instance, a caribou is a cultural icon of Manitoba; Philippine eagle is an endangered species and is the national bird of the Philippines; as well as panda bears for China, koala bears for Australia and others. In addition, people value individual animals simply because of their beauty. As Lill-Marlene Russow (2003 p.475) sums up, “individual animals can have, to a greater or lesser degree, aesthetic value: they are valued for their simple beauty, for their awesomeness, for their intriguing adaptations, for their rarity, and for many other reasons. We have a moral obligations to protect things of aesthetic value, and to ensure their continued existence.” Many people like to travel to different places and admire the beauty of different species. The beauty of individual animals attracts people to visit and it adds to admiration of the culture of the place. Thus, to preserve the cultural icon that represents individual culture, humans have a moral obligation to preserve endangered
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