Werner Kunz

German biologist

Werner Kunz (born in 1940) is a German biologist. He studied at the University of Münster and received his doctorate there in 1966. After completing his studies, he worked as a research assistant at the University of Münster from 1966 to 1969. From 1970 to 1971 he worked as a visiting scientist at Yale University. Kunz became professor of genetics at the University of Düsseldorf in 1973. He retired in 2005.


  • The terms animal protection and species protection are constantly confused and mixed up with one another. Animal protection is the protection of individuals; it is about the individual, suffering creature. Species protection is the conservation of the species; it is about preventing species from becoming extinct or rare. From an ethical standpoint, animal protection is quite different from species protection.
    • Species Conservation in Managed Habitats: The Myth of Pristine Nature (2016), p. 51

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