In Defense of Ugly Animals (by Sara McDonnell)

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In Defense of Ugly Animals (by Sara McDonnell)

  1. In Defense of Ugly Animals Human Preferences and Animal Conservation Efforts
  2. Goodbye to the Aye Aye
  3. The Aye Aye of Madagascar
  4.  
  5. Don’t you love me?
  6. Aesthetic Qualities
  7. Cute Animal = $$$$$ Ugly animal = $
  8. How can we use human preferences to make new conservation programs successful?
  9. All animals have intrinsic value
  10. American attitudes toward wildlife.
  11. 9 Values Utilitarian Ecological Scientific Humanistic Moralistic Dominionistic Negativistic Naturalistic Aesthetic
  12. Primary preference factor: distinctive aesthetic qualities
  13. Key features Size Physical appearance Texture Movement Power Danger
  14. Is this an endangered species?
  15. big beautiful fast
  16. ugly harmful disgusting
  17. Dislike reptiles amphibians invertebrates Like mammals birds fish
  18. Neotony: The “Cute” Factor
  19. The look of neoteny: big eyes big head stub nose pudgy cheeks
  20. Humans are attracted to animals with neotenous features because they resemble human babies.
  21. Neoteny sells.
  22.  
  23. The evolution of Mickey Mouse.
  24.  
  25. Penguins score high on the cute scale.
  26. Chinstrap penguin King penguin
  27. King penguin Crested penguin
  28. Human aesthetic preferences influence conservation policy and programs.
  29.  
  30. Majestic and symbolic
  31. Charismatic Megafauna
  32. Noble
  33. small & plain
  34. Embrace the “cute factor.”
  35. “ … focus on the lovable aspects of ugly animals—whether it’s a dash of color or the way they waddle about.”
  36. Slender Slow Loris
  37. No More Cute.
  38. All nonhuman species should be conserved.
  39. Americans recognize the dependence of society and its economy on a healthy ecosystem.
  40. Ecological education is paying off.
  41. No more supermodels.
  42. Biodiversity is good.
  43. Ugly but important.
  44. Ugly but industrious.
  45. Knut is still cute.
  46.  
  47. The end.

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