Is traditional conservation science a pathological disorder driven by an obsessive, distorted belief that the environment can be, indeed must be, restored to some idyllic, imaginary state of being at any cost including, and perhaps preferring, killing anything that gets in the way?
A recent (May 23, 2018) Invasive Species Council blog takes aim at the “rapidly growing international and cross-disciplinary movement” called Compassionate Conservation” – a movement that promotes “the protection of wild animals as individuals within conservation practice and policy”.
The blog is titled “Compassionate conservation or misplaced compassion”. The author is Peter Fleming, an ecologist who works on the biology, ecology and management of invasive predators and their prey. He is also Adjunct Professor of Ecosystem Management, University of New England and Principal Research Scientist with New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.
For decades, physicists have suggested a “Eureka” moment is just around the corner. A moment when scientists will produce a Theory of Everything – a simple, unifying equation that explains all the mysteries of our universe.
It is with that same sense of “Eureka” awe that I believe I have stumbled upon an equally stupendous theory – an “environmental” Theory of Everything, if you will – a simple, unifying theory that makes sense of all the dynamic mysteries of our planet, from flora and fauna biology, ecosystems, native and invasive species, to feral cats – and even the role humans play in this drama. Continue reading “Is the Theory of Everything Compassionate Conservation? by Ed Boks”
I recently posted a blog (please read it before continuing) concerning an exciting new concept called Compassionate Conservation. It is exciting to me because of the way it connects all the dots relating to animal welfare, the environment, and human health.
Unlike traditional conversation, Compassionate Conservation does not eschew man’s role and impact (positive or negative) on the environment, but rather recognizes it for what it is as a predicate for applying the best animal welfare practices with conservation biology in a way that protects individual animals and their habitats.
At the forefront of this new “philosophy” is Arian D. Wallach. Wallach studied and taught at both the University of Adelaide, Australia, and the University of Haifa, Israel and currently chairs the Centre for Compassionate Conservation in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.