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The land ethic? Tourism's non-human actors

By Derek R. Hall, Frances Brown

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The philosophy of this chapter is consonant with the 'land ethic' of American ecologist Aldo Leopold (1949/1968), which conceives of enlarging – both spatially and morally – the boundaries of the 'community' to include such natural elements as soil, water, plants and animals. Its ethical implications are important in emphasizing the need for people to extend their social conscience from humans alone to a respect for fellow (non-human) animals and the
wider natural environment and to embrace the sense of being a fellow citizen of the 'land-community' (Fennell and Przeclawski, 2003: 146). This 'ecosystemic morality' (Lea, 1993) therefore presents an underpinning ethical principle for nature-based tourism.

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Deborah Maron

Publication Title Tourism and Welfare: Ethics, Responsibility and Sustained Well-being
Pages 132-157
Publisher CABI
URL http://www.cabi.org/cabebooks/FullTextPDF/2007/20073013065.pdf
Language English
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Captivity
  4. Cats
  5. Mammals
  6. natural environment
  7. Snakes
  8. Tourism and travel
  9. Wild animals