Response to comments on “Compassionate Conservation deserves a morally serious rather than dismissive response - reply to Callen et al., 2020”

Alex Callen, Matt W. Hayward, Kaya Klop-Toker, Benjamin L. Allen, Guy Anthony Ballard, Chad Beranek, Femke Broekhuis, Cassandra K. Bugir, Rohan H. Clarke, John Clulow, Simon Clulow, Jennifer C. Daltry, Harriet T. Davies-Mostert, Yamil E. Di Blanco, Victoria Dixon, Peter Fleming, Lachlan G. Howell, Graham I.H. Kerley, Sarah M. Legge, Dean LengaTom Majorq, Robert A. Montgomery, Katherine E. Moseby, Ninon F.V. Meyer, Dan M. Parker, Stéphanie Périquet, John L. Read, Robert Scanlon, Craig Shuttleworth, Cottrell T. Tamessar, William Andrew Taylor, Katherine Tuft, Rose M.O. Upton, Marcia Valenzuela, Ryan R. Witt, Wolfgang Wüster

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Critical questions for ‘compassionate conservation’
Conservation biologists have previously identified the ideological misnomer within ‘Compassionate Conservation’ (Callen et al., 2020), highlighting the flaws in this approach (Hayward et al., 2019). The successful merging of ‘Compassionate Conservation’ principles with effective conservation practice has not yet been demonstrated. Consequently, we and many others (Callen et al., 2020, Driscoll and Watson, 2019, Fleming, 2018, Hampton et al., 2019, Hayward et al., 2019, Johnson et al., 2019, Oommen et al., 2019, Rohwer and Marris, 2019, Russell and Blackburn, 2017) are concerned that the stated values of ‘Compassionate Conservation’ will not lead to advances in ethical practice nor that these will actually improve biodiversity conservation. We do not intend to debate ethical monism, an overly simplified and unpragmatic tool that is too blunt to deal with the complex challenges facing the survival of human and non-human species in the 21st century. Conservation biologists are more concerned with conserving biodiversity.
Original languageEnglish
Article number108517
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalBiological Conservation
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


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