East religions and protection of the animal world. - V.N. Grishchenko. - Berkut. 11 (1). 2002. - P. 125-138.
Influence of east religions on the nature conservation is discussed (see articles by V.E. Boreyko and E.A. Lebed in previous issues of the journal). Situation of animal protection in Japan, India, China and some other countries is considered. It is impossible to say, that it is essentially better here. Influence on the nature is determined by interests of the man. They are almost equal in all countries. East religions are not efficient in animal protection than “west” ones. Religions, folk traditions and lore can greatly help in the nature conservation, but only together with the science. Feeling cannot replace action. Action has to be based on the knowledge. The development of new ideology and philosophy of the nature conservation is necessary. We should use all experience accumulated by mankind and lean on folk traditions and lore, but they have to be selected and revised. [Russian].
Key words: nature conservation, rare species, religion, environmental ethics.
Address: V.N. Grishchenko, Kaniv Nature Reserve, 19000 Kaniv, Ukraine. E-mail: vgrishchenko@mail.ru.