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Invasive Species, 2018, 1’40’’, sound—HD video loop, 2016

Everything is worthy of our moral attention. This does not mean that one has ethical obligations to everything, or that everything has equal moral significance. We advocate the concept of “universal consideration”. It is a kind of “thoughtful, reflective, meditative attentiveness”. This applies not just to the charismatic species many of us have come to love, but also to the “unloved others”, including the lowly and uncharismatic creatures who are said to be invading our shores. It means not deciding in advance—on the basis of sentience, being alive, or whatever other criterion one may be tempted to invoke—who or what deserves such attentiveness.