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It is common for conservationists to refer to non-native species that have undesirable impacts on humans as “invasive”. We argue that the classification of any species as “invasive” constitutes wrongful discrimination. Moreover, we argue that its being wrong to categorize a species as invasive is perfectly compatible with it being morally permissible to kill animals—assuming that conservationists “kill equally”. It simply is not compatible with the double standard that conservationists tend to employ in their decisions about who lives and who dies.
Invasive species; Discrimination; Animal rights
Animal Studies | Applied Ethics | Philosophy
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Abbate, C. E.,
Don’t Demean “Invasives”: Conservation and Wrongful Species Discrimination.