Tag Archives: Ethics

The Price Of Non-human Life

31 Mar

How can you say no to this face?

This story was brought to my attention today. A man takes his six month old puppy  to the vet, afraid something is seriously wrong with her. The puppy is assessed, and the man was told he had to pay a $1600 deposit in order for procedures to take place. He said he did not have the money upfront, but would pay when the procedure was completed.

The vet refused his offer, and the puppy subsequently died. Continue reading

All Is Quiet On The Western Front: Media Blackouts vs. Public Awareness

30 Nov

Just wrote this as a paper, but it’s something we can talk about here as well. Where do you stand in terms of media blackouts?


When CBC journalist Melissa Fung was kidnapped in Afghanistan in 2008, news publications in Canada did not publish information about her abduction to ensure her safety. Four weeks after she was captured, she was released. In that same year another Canadian journalist was abducted. Robert Fowler was taken hostage in Niger for 130 days, but in this case, media chose to report on his situation. Fowler believed that the intense media coverage had a serious impact on the length of his time in captivity.

Most news organizations see media blackouts as a slippery slope. If we ban the coverage of journalist kidnappings, isn’t it only fair to ban coverage of non-journalist abductions? What are the limits of public access to sensitive information? Let’s look at both sides of the coin.

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