What is the relationship between animals and humans?

Hunting animals has always been part of the human world. Animals are food. For me personally, I don’t have to go out a shoot livestock, I can just buy meat. But there are people all over the world, who have to go out a hunt for food.

My question though what is the relationship between animals and humans? Is there a distinction between killing and hunting? Is it okay to make money off animals for entertainment?

dscThe Dallas Safari Club mission is “Since 1972,Dallas Safari Club has been the gathering point for hunters, conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts.”

*For the record, I’m not a scholar on animal conservationist so this all my views, but I have done some research.*

Dallas Safari Club decided to auction off a black rhino to be hunted in hopes of bring awareness to extinction of this animal.

Dallas Safari Club’s approach to bring attention to this endangered species to light isn’t acceptable. I think there is a better way to bring attention to this epidemic and killing a rhino isn’t going to do this.

In my opinion, there is clear distinction between killing and hunting. Hunting to eat is acceptable. However, killing a rhino to call attention to this issue  is morally wrong.

Dallas Safari Club is saying it is okay to kill this animal because he is “old, male and nonbreeding”, does that mean it is acceptable to kill anything that meets that criteria?

The matter of fact is that within a couple of weeks this news story will fade away and people won’t know about the endangered species.  Dallas Safari Club needs to reevaluate their approach to this issue so that other animals aren’t auctioned off to be killed.

But the Dallas Safari Club isn’t just the only one who’s making headlines.

The Copenhagen Zookilled a healthy giraffe back in February of 2014.

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“Our giraffes are part of an international breeding program, which has a purpose of ensuring a sound and healthy population of giraffes,” Bengt Holst, scientific director at Copenhagen Zoo, told CNN. “It can only be done by matching the genetic composition of the various animals with the available space. … When giraffes breed as well as they do now, then you will inevitably run into so-called surplus problems now and then.”

After an uproar of people learning about Copenhagen Zoo was going to kill a giraffe, they ended up killing it and fed it to the lions in front of children.

Personally, I wouldn’t want to see lion eating a giraffe, nor would I ever want to expose young children to that.

But guess what the Copenhagen Zoo did at the end of March?

They killed 4 lions.

Now I know that at some point you have to kill animals. I mean that is the Circle of Life (cue in The Lion King soundtrack), but why breed animals in a zoo or move animals into the zoo if they have to die?

If zoo doesn’t have the resources or it isn’t a good match for a specific animal, then why take it in the first place? I don’t understand.

Also, I want to explore the topic of zoos.

I never been a huge fan of zoos. I mean you walk around just to look at animals. However, I think as a child it’s great to see an animal you’ve only seen in picture books and non fiction books. I think zoo’s are great if they are doing research, but is it worth it.

Would you want to live in environment that resembled your home, but really wasn’t it? I mean I don’t know how animals feel about living in zoos, and we will probably never know.

What I find wrong is exploiting animals for entertainment. The corporation I would like to point a finger at is…SeaWorld.

seaworldSeaWorld was brought into the media’s attention after the documentary, Blackfish.

Many people have watched Blackfish on CNN and streamed it on Netflix, so people are aware of what SeaWorld is accused of doing. However, there are still people left in dark about it, people who don’t have cable or the Internet. There are still supporters of SeaWorld, too.

SeaWorld is essentially an amusement park, where you can visit marine life. But they train animals to do tricks for an audience. People squeeze into the splash zone so they can get sprayed by Orca whale. Why?

This isn’t what these whales would be doing in the first place. So why train them to do things that wouldn’t be doing in the wild? It’s not right.

However, looking into my crystal ball, I don’t see SeaWorld shutting down it’s door in the next few years. It is going to be a slow process. We are going to have to see if Blackfish makes a dent in their numbers, but I don’t know if SeaWorld will publish those numbers, if their numbers drastically change in the upcoming months or this year.

I think the people who have watched Blackfish won’t go to SeaWorld. I think it’s great that people have signed petitions to help stop captivity. I don’t necessarily believe those petitions will work.

People need to act if they believe that SeaWorld is wrong. I know I won’t be spending my money at SeaWorld. The people who have watched Blackfish will hopefully spread the message and there will be a snowball effect. It may take awhile till SeaWorld ends there captivity of whales, and hopefully no more fatal accidents occur.

So my question to all of you, what is our relationship between animals and humans? Are we above them? Can we make all their decisions? Are hunting and killing synonyms or different terms? Is it okay if I spend money at zoo or SeaWorld? I think the most question is how do animals feel about this. The sad thing is, their opinion matters the most, but we don’t know what they think.

 

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