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The land ethic is a holistic view of ecosystems It entails an entire view of a biotic community to include all of nature not the individualistic components which incorporate our environment Great efforts would be taken by supporters of the land ethic to support an ecosystem that was threatened The individual components that comprise the ecosystem are not of great concern to supporters of this theory they would argue that a threat to an individual organism even protected or endangered should be evaluated on whether or not the protected or endangered species does endanger the integrity of the whole system A supporter of the land ethic argument would have consequences to weigh regarding the value of the threatened individual and how it relates to the survival of individuals of the group If the group were to suffer a threatening blow that could affect the livelihood or existence of members of the controlling group one would expect that the threatened organism could be evaluated for possible non-protection In contrast Taylor would argue that any animal or living organism should be protected because that organism is deserving of its own individual worth the fact that it is protected or endangered would be of little concern to Taylors supporters The simple fact that an individual is threatened is more than sufficient to justify that great efforts be taken to protect that individual entity Taylor and his supporters would argue that every organism is worthy of protection because of an inherent worth that entitles that entity to protection from destruction To summarize the various stages of ethical obligation in Callicotts argument of land ethic his supporters would argue an accretion of his view would be composed of individual beliefs that support the whole rather than the individual Some examples are given in his work He argues that an individual cares about the existence of a group to which he or she belongs therefore that particular individual
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