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Animal beauty, ethics, and environmental preservation

International Social Science Journal (Chinese Edition)

No.4, 2018

 

Animal beauty, ethics, and environmental preservation (Abstract)

 

Ned Hettinger

 

Animal beauty provides a significant aesthetic reason for protecting nature. Worries about aesthetic discrimination and the ugliness of predation might make one think otherwise. Although it has been argued that aesthetic merit is a trivial and morally objectionable basis for action, beauty is an important value and a legitimate basis for differential treatment, especially in the case of animals. While the suffering and death of animals due to predation are important disvalues that must be recognized, predation’s tragic beauty has positive aesthetic value that can be appropriately aesthetically appreciated.