We all make mistakes. Ethical questions are sometimes complex.
Ethics: the study of moral standards and how they affect conduct; a system of moral principles governing the appropriate conduct for a person or group (from Encarta Dictionary: English (North America).
In my most recent blog post, I mentioned my big mistake of over-extending myself so much in my nascent agency that it eventually failed. Was my failure an ethical lapse? I had good intentions and I earned a lot of money for my clients. However, ultimately, some vendors and clients suffered when my business failed. I loved all my clients and I endure lasting remorse that some people were harmed when my health broke down. When your body fails at the end of life, some people's bills may go unpaid. Is that an ethical breach?
Ethics and human interaction with birds: Recently in California, legislation doubled the living space for chickens. To me, chickens are our hardest working game birds. Millions of chickens produce billions of eggs. Each egg yields 6 grams of protein in an important battle against human hunger. Each fertilized egg produces another chicken if properly incubated perpetuating this miraculous process. A cooked one pound chicken has been said to provide more than 300 grams of protein. If your daily diet as a human consists of somewhat more than 50 grams of protein, a chicken goes a long way to contributing to proper nutrition for a family. Perhaps not the Sultan pictured above which is a tiny breed. I'm not going to address the ethics of eating chicken meat. This well established food source has been domesticated for millennia.
I'm all about feathers. Plumage is another by-product of farming birds. Unfortunately fashion and art capture feathers by killing and plucking the birds. Recently Julianne Moore, a favorite actress, was photographed by Hollywood Reporter for the Golden Globes in a gorgeous Givenchy dress that was festooned with Ostrich barbs taken from their stripped feathers.
|Julianne Moore at the Golden Globes|
Photo: Hollywood Reporter
My question is: is it ethical to harvest birds for their feathers?I create art with feathers using only molted bird feathers. We now have 3D photography and print technology. Would it not be more ethical to use molted feathers that have been captured and printed in 3D? I started this blog pointing directly at the critical questions I deal with in my own life. I know I'm not without dilemmas. I'm working in a new technology and hoping to earn income to settle my moral and ethical challenges one day. How can mankind repay the debt to birds and further the fight against improper exploitation and extinctions that are threatened due to the ethical lapses we perpetuate?
|Art Ready Macaw Molted Feather|
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