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When we grant animals rights, humans will be the only species able to enforce those rights. Should we enforce animals rights in animal to animal conflicts too? Of course, I'm thinking about nonviolent and non-intrusive enforcement, such as putting barriers between predators and prey and supplying alternative food to compensate. Or should we not interfere at all?

Response:

Large scale intervention is not recommended. It is best to leave nature alone because ecosystems are too complex for the novice to analyze completely.

Small scale intervention is easier to analyze. Example: keeping a neighbor's cat away from your birdfeeder. This seems clear cut: In such a case you may know the cat is well-fed, and the hawks in the area are not. Even so, there will be effects beyond what you will know.

With so much unnecessary animal abuse by humans, most ARs consider this activity an ineffective expenditure of time.

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