David Hoch, Environmental Ethics and Nonhuman Interests: A Challenge to Anthropocentric License, 23 Gonz. L. Rev. 331 (1988)
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America’s new concern with ethics has made us increasingly aware of the potential of our actions. Public figures have paid a high price for violating the “new morality.” We lost presidential candidates to sexual indiscretion’ and to plagiarism, a Supreme Court nominee to the taint of drug use, and a former White House official was convicted for perjuring testimony while being tried for influence peddling. In the private sector, we continually hear about corporate social responsibility but see little evidence that it exists. Few people can be unfamiliar with the Pinto scenario (which culminated in Ford Motor Company being tried for homicide in 1978) or the Dalkon Shield debacle (with its scenario of death and sterilization, among other tragedies). Cases involving the fiscal misconduct of corporations are all too familiar. The “creative banking” caper of E.F. Hutton,’ and the Boesky insider-trading fiasco were the most recent episodes in a rich tradition of commercial scandal. The media is filled with stories of corruption and cost overruns in defense contracting. These are recurring moral vignettes, from which we’ve all grown wise and weary. . .