reply to post by antar
I find your passion commendable but I still think it's unfair for any of
us to impose our values on others. Peoples in the jungles of the equatorial
regions regularly kill and eat apes and monkeys (our closest relatives)
Does this make them immoral as well?
I read in the article where some dolphins were selected to be sent to
aquariums worldwide. While my gut reaction to seeing any wild creature
locked in a cage or pool (in this case) is negative there is still the
argument that these animals are being sacrificed to help educate people
(particularly inner-city kids) and bring nature up close. These zoos and
aquariums bring people face to face with the beauty of nature up close to
millions who would otherwise never see them. In so doing we create a
constituency that will help support environmental efforts. People learn to
care about nature and by extension, man. It's still a cruel fate for any
wild animal yet it fills a great need in our world.
The biggest problem I feel is that some think we can pick and choose
what we like about nature and what we don't. It's easy to love dolphins
and pandas, pretty flowers and a bright sunny day. Nature is a package
deal as we all know intellectually. There would be no pandas or flowers or
pretty days if it weren't for slugs, mosquitos and rainy days. Nature is a
circle, it requires every part to be in balance regardless of whether we can
find anything useful or lovable about it.
Again, I find your passion commendable and authentic. I would just ask
you to look a little deeper into the cultures that commit these acts before
you fault them for doing so. Like everyone else on the planet, these people
are just trying to keep themselves fed and make a better life for their
children. In the end is it malice or just misunderstanding?
Without building trust, we can never hope to educate. Make friends first, converts later.
In NO WAY do I condone the killing of endangered species or killing for
sport. I just wanted to be clear about that. Thanks for listening.
[edit on 15-9-2009 by Asktheanimals]