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1. Complete the following statements by filling in the blanks with either “moral” or “nonmoral” (eg., factual, scientific, legal):

a. Whether or not dumping should be permitted is a moral question.

b. “Are dangerous products of any use in the third world?” is a nonmoral (scientific) question.

c. “Is it proper for the U.S. government to sponsor the export of products overseas?” is a moral question.

d. Weather or not the notification system works as its supporters claim it works is a nonmoral (factual) question.

e. “Is it legal to dump this product overseas?” is a nonmoral (legal) question.

2. Explain what dumping is, giving some examples. Does dumping raise any moral issues? What are they? What would an ethical relativist say about dumping?

Dumping is that manufacturers export their products with a cheaper market price to overseas countries that have not qualified the health safety standard. In this case, manufacturers sold young children pajamas which contained dangerous chemical Tris that could harmful children’s health. The second example is the manufacturers who sold 450,000 baby pacifiers that can cause death with choking and selling U.S banned pesticides and drugs. Dumping has raised a moral issue that those manufacturers want to avoid the profit loss. Even though they know that those products can harm people’s health and safety, they still sold to overseas and claimed that people should be free to make own choice of their benefit.

3. Speculate on why dumpers dump. Do they think they believe that what they are doing is morally permissible? How would you look at the situation if you were one of the manufacturers of Tris-impregnated pajamas?

Dumpers dump because they don’t want to have profit loss. I think that what they did is not morally permissible. If I were the manufacturer of Tris-impregnated pajamas, I would notice to public that those products may have potential dangerous.

4. If no law

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