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Ethical Debate: Killing sharks for science?

biology, Conservation, ecology, Ethical Debates, marine science, Natural Science, Science, sharksJune 1, 2010

While attending last year’s American Elasmobranch Society conference, I was asked to fill out a survey concerning my views on lethal shark research. My response, along with those of many other participants, has now been analyzed and written up into a new essay in the Journal of Conservation Biology. Michelle Heupel and Colin Simpendorfer argue […]

Ethical Debate: Should we have freed Willy?

Conservation, Ethical Debates, Interviews, marine science, Natural Science, ScienceApril 29, 2010

The  death of Sea World trainer Dawn Branchaeu revived an old debate over whether it is appropriate to keep orca whales in captivity. Many people are calling for all captive orcas to be set free, but I continue to support aquariums because of the roles they serve as educators and conservationists. Although several readers have […]

Ethical Debate: Bycatch and the Great Skua

Ethical DebatesApril 16, 2010

Most marine conservationists and environmentally conscious citizens believe that fisheries bycatch is a major problem that needs to be solved soon. In most cases, they are correct, but an interesting paper from Nature shows that bycatch can sometimes be good for certain species. Consider the case of the Great Skua. The Great Skua is a […]

Ethical Debate: Animal rights, human health, and government understanding of science

biology, Ethical Debates, Natural Science, ScienceFebruary 25, 2010

I am, in general, a supporter of animal rights. Animal abuse sickens me, and I really believe Ghandi’s famous quote that “you can judge a society by how it treats its weakest members”. That said, while it’s disturbing to see a rabbit which has gone blind from exposure to a potential new shampoo, I’d rather […]

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