- Michael W.Fox, Ph.D.
Vice President/Bioethics and Farm Animals
The Humane Society of the United Sates
2100 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
Eubios Ethics Institute Newsletter 3 (1993), 61.
Bioethics embraces two principles: (1) ahimsa (the avoidance of causing harm), and (2) transgenerational equite (concern for future generations). It broadens the scope of responsibilities by incorporating concern for indigenous peoples, minorities, the environment or natural world, and animals wild and domesticated.
The health and sustainable economy triad depicted in Figure 1 illustrates clearly how bioethics relates to the well-being of people, animals and nature (On the three apices of the triangle: Animal well-being; Human well-being; Environmental well-being).
These ecological and ethico-spiritual connections reflect the interdependence of our life support systems and sustainable biotic communities. That we have fabricated non-sustainable bio-industrail economics and communities is evidenced by the possibly irreparable and irreversible environmental harm that we have caused, as well as suffering and extinction in the animal kingdom, and a world community neither free from pestilence nor war nor want.