Context: Removing animals from an ecosystem is a common practice to protect endangered species. While the practice seeks to protect the lives of one species, other species’ interests are diminished in this situation. Disruption: It becomes difficult to navigate competing values, which can lead to situations where the interests of one species are given priority. There can’t be more moral consideration placed on endangered animals.
Response: One species should never determine outcomes for an ecosystem. If a species causes issues for the rest of the ecosystem, the removal of that species may be justified from a utilitarian perspective. The interests of animals must be treated equally. Without equal treatment between animals, many actions with negative consequences can be justified in order to protect a species given greater moral consideration. Endangered species should not be protected when there is a negative outcome for other species.