Very few people have been killed by sharks compared to how many sharks have been killed by humans. While sharks kill fewer than around 20 people per year, we kill up to 100 million sharks every single year due to fishing activity.
Despite this statistic, when one person is killed by a shark, humans have traditionally gone on a killing spree, murdering every shark in sight to ‘save’ us from these supposedly blood-thirsty creatures. While it's us going into their territory, there seems to be the attitude that it's the shark's fault when a human is killed by a shark. But, do the maths: they're predators, and we're in their territory. In fact, that people have been killed by sharks is not the surprising thing - that so few humans have been killed by sharks is what's actually surprising considering we're always invading their ocean home.
While this attitude towards sharks is changing, it's changing ever too slowly. If the human race keeps taking its time to change its attitude, it will soon be too late: all the sharks will all be gone.
Another example here in Australia is of people who camp near croc-infested waters, and then complain when a crocodile comes onto land and kills someone. It’s like sitting down in the middle of a highway and then complaining that you got hit by a car!
A woman was touted as a ‘hero’ a few years ago because she shot and killed a croc that came onto the shore to where her family's tents were. If she’d done the same thing to a person who’d approached the tents there’d be a big investigation and she’d be on trial for murder. But because she'd killed a crocodile ('just' a crocodile), she was called a 'hero'.
It's clear that some people (and certainly the law) believe that it’s okay to kill as long as the animal killed isn't a human animal. I think that's wrong. We are all animals. Humans are not better or more worthy of life than any other animal simply because we can talk.
Although I’ve given examples of sharks and crocs, this kind of attitude prevails when it comes to any wild animal who is seen to be threatening humans in any way. Whether the danger is real or imagined, if it's perceived even the tiniest bit, then the animal is fair game for anyone with a deadly weapon.
Occasionally the law protects the animal, but that usually happens only once it’s way too late. In other words, the law springs into action when the animal is close to extinction.
Still, protection laws or not, laws are just bits of paper to some people and there is a lot of illegal killing (called poaching) of endangered animals happening right now. It’s not like the animal’s relatives are able to go to the police and report them, so it's up to us to put an end to this by reporting illegal activity and by not buying any animal products by living vegan.Sometimes I despair for the human race because it seems that for every person who agrees with me in thinking that killing our furred, feathered and finned friends is wrong, many others believe we should be able to murder non-human animals with impunity. But, when I feel like that, I gain hope knowing that, each and every day, another person somewhere in the world is going vegan.
So, one by one, people's hearts and minds are changing. And, eventually the scales will tip in the direction of justice, and all beings will be afforded the right to live free without fear of violence.
Whaling nations expect the world to believe that they're killing whales to conduct scientific research on them in order to save them from extinction. It's an unfortunate loophole in the law that whalers are using to continue killing whales.
Not only is it not true - it's well-known that the whales end up on dinner plates - it’s as ridiculous as the excuse of keeping animals in zoos to learn about them in order to save from environmental destruction when we should simply be saving the environment instead.
If the environment weren't in danger, people wouldn’t have an excuse to supposedly 'save' animals by locking them in zoos and whalers wouldn't be able to use that loophole to keep on whaling.
The good news is that each and every one of us can help the situation by going vegan.
Firstly, a vegan diet is, of all diets, the least damaging to the environment. Secondly, farming plants (that is, legumes, grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts) takes up much less land than farming animals. So eating vegan means no longer taking over habitats of wild animals. In fact, because farming crops takes up so much less space than farming animals, we'd probably be able to give back land to some of the wild animals we've taken the habitats of.
Creating a vegan world would also mean that no killing of any animal would happen, because vegans don't use animals for any purpose. In a vegan world no one would consider killing animals for any reason - whether for food or so-called 'entertainment' in a zoo situation.
Save all the animals, friends - not just the whales: go vegan!
Fish are dragged from their watery homes via a hook through their mouth. Land animals are tracked and shot at with an arrow or bullet.
Sometimes the death is quick and relatively painless. Other times it's prolonged and extremely painful. Either way, the animal's life is taken.
The classic excuses of "enjoyment" and "love of nature" given for killing animals via hunting and fishing are just that: excuses. And they're lame excuses too.
Is killing a sentient being enjoyable to some? Maybe. But them I'm sure some men find it enjoyable to rape women. Doesn't make it right.
Can love of nature be a plausible reason to hunt and fish? Well, if if "loving" is synonymous with "killing", then I guess it could be. But it doesn't make any logical sense any more than if I killed a person and said that I did it because I loved them. Loving and killing are in opposite camps if you ask me.
An animal's life is everything to them - just like our life is everything to us. If you have any respect whatsoever for animals, take hunting and fishing off your list of recreational pursuits and go vegan.
"Help Control The Human Population - Have Your Human Spayed Or Neutered!" Those words are the caption of a picture I saw which shows a cat calling for tighter controls on the human population.
I'd say that this cat's message is a pretty accurate summary of one of the world's worst problems: way too many people. And it's a problem that affects non-human animals. There are so many of us that we're destroying every other animals' habitat to create living areas for ourselves.
Not only that, while it's actually humans that overrun the earth, governments see no problem in sanctioning the hunting and killing of other animals when they supposedly get too many in number. Then, when numbers get too small, we try to bring the animals' population back up to a healthy level. When they thrive, we once again do our best to kill them off because they’re now supposedly a ‘nuisance’. And when the species is endangered - again! - the government takes steps to save them...and round and round we go...
Interestingly, the only animal overpopulation that humans ever seem to be able to tolerate is that of the human animal. is apparently just okey-dokey even though it's the root cause of the planet's biggest problems.
Anyway, the cat's message is spot on, and our overpopulation really does adversely affects the planet, the animals, and us too.
The truth is that if the overpopulation of any animal has ever truly threatened our survival it's the overpopulation of the human animal. Instead of finding ways to control the numbers of so-called 'nuisance' wild animals, we should find ways of controlling the population level of the biggest nuisance of all: ourselves!
Did you know that three sharks every second are killed for shark fin soup?
They're pulled out of the water, have their fins sliced off, and then thrown back into the water to slowly bleed to death. And that's why 'shark fin soup' is just another term for 'animal abuse'. Ending this abuse is quite simple: if humans stop eating shark fin soup, the abuse to sharks would stop too.
In fact, if all humans went by the rule "eat beans, not beings" then abuse towards all animals used for food would disappear.
Of course I'm just turning a phrase by saying "eat beans, not beings" - I'm not implying that you only eat beans! A plant-based - or vegan - diet is extremely varied. In fact, if you ditch flesh, dairy, eggs and honey from your diet, all you're left with is a whole heap of delicious, nutritious food that is also healthy for your body and good for the environment.
So, let's save all animals, not just the sharks, by going vegan. Remember: eat beans, not beings.
Imagine being trapped in a filthy cage just a little bigger than the size of your own body. You'd probably go crazy after just an hour. Now imagine if you were trapped like that for a year. Or a lifetime. Well, that's reality for over 12,000 bears in Asia who are victims of the bear bile industry.
Imprisoned for life with a perpetually open wound leading to their gall bladder, these animals endure an utterly miserable existence. Thousands of these bears are living painful life sentences just so that humans can use their bile in Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM.
How can we possibly tolerate this happening to another living being? Well we shouldn't, so if you go to a TCM practitioner, ask him or her not to include bear bile in your herbs.
In fact, request that no animal-derived product be included, because you can be sure that it was obtained with violence: remember, animals don't volunteer their secretions or body parts for our use - they are taken by humans with force and violence.
The most powerful way you can help stop abuse towards all animals, including those of the bear bile industry, is to go vegan. Being vegan means you don't use any animal products at all, and therefore don't support the abuse of any animals.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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