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The Ethics of Wildlife Photography

The Ethics of Wildlife Photography

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In his 1997 article “The Problem with Wildlife Photography,” author and environmental activist Bill McKibben wrote, “Without Kodak there’d be no Endangered Species Act.”

While viewed by some at the time as controversial, McKibben’s point has only gained traction in the intervening years. Recent news reports abound with stories of overenthusiastic shutterbugs who do harm to themselves—or worse yet, to their intended animal subjects—when attempting selfies in the wild or trying to capture a prize-winning close-up. Fueled by the power of photographic technology and the immediacy of social media networks, the interface between dwindling wildlife amid a burgeoning human population has reached an ever-more-precarious imbalance.

The Case for Animal Rights

Concern over animal rights is nothing new, with legislation to protect animals from cruelty dating back as far as the 1600s. The first animal rights societies were founded in Britain and the United States during the 1800s, around the same time that Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species revolutionized the way humans viewed their relationship with other sentient beings.

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