- Property, or
In this view, only if animals stay out of our way do they escape the logical result of this bilateral world view.
The logical result is that the considerations of humans and its various needs – and human considerations alone – determine the appropriate outcome.
Human hungry? Eat animal.
- Human cold? Use animal fur for all-important heel of shoe.
- Human bored? Use animal for entertainment.
- Human broke? Use animal to bet on which one could kill another. Oh, wait, that’s human broke and mean. Don’t blame your culture.
- Human mad? Use animal as punching, burning, cutting bag.
- Human overfishing and depleting fish stocks? Brand and kill or capture (for the animal as entertainment crowd) animal.
- Human happy? Be nice to animal. Until mad.
Where does the ability to treat animals in this abhorrent fashion originate? When does it start?
Playmobil, Mattel, the Georgia Aquarium and its cohorts (including its gift shop contractor) all know the answer. Get ’em while they’re young, before they have a sense of ethics. Put colorful toys and flashy shows in front of them. Teach them that animal captivity is a good thing, that it is an expression of our love and appreciation.
Well, all I have to say is that I don’t imagine that you want your children loved or appreciated in this way. So tell me why it is acceptable to you to ignore an ethical construct that living beings have intrinsic value. And intrinsic rights to be left to their natural environment. And that the human mission should be to lessen its footprint in the animals’ natural habitat (oh, and ours, too) to allow them to continue living as they have for millions of years before humans arrived on the scene.
There is an inspiring group of third graders who get this. Who have been following the news reports on an atrocity being perpetrated on sea lions at the Bonneville Dam in Oregon and Washington. And who are saying, Don’t kill the Bonneville Sea Lions. Join them. Like their Facebook Page.
Tell Playmobil that you’re not buying the load of crap that animal training is acceptable.
Tell Mattel that whales belong in the ocean, not at the Georgia Aquarium or SeaWorld or the Miami Seaquarium, or at Loro Parque. And that their toy misleads little children into wanting to capture these sentient, intelligent, social
creatures. The toys omit the story that orcas generally die at very young ages in captivity. And that by captivity marine mammals are being subjected to new illnesses, such as the West Nile Virus.
Tell the Governors of Oregon and Washington and others that sea lions are not the problem and for damn sure shouldn’t be subject to a final solution.
And, as always, just say no the dolphin show.
Governor Kitzhaber, put away your Whale Trainer Barbie and grow up to the fact that there is such a thing as ethics not rooted in human expediency.