War on Wildlife

Orangutans are losing there homes thanks to us!

Photograph: Bjorn Vaughn/AP

Here is yet another sad tale, from the Guardian, about the destruction of nature by humans.

On the 11th and 12th of October, London will be hosting a summit to discuss the illegal destruction of nature and various wildlife species. It’s a problem that officials are saying isn’t being taken seriously enough.

With what’s being called the 6th great mass extinction being blamed on human activities, something has got to change quickly. The article reports that, “Over 80% of all mammals and half of plants are thought to have been lost since the rise of human civilisation.” That is a pretty depressing statistic.

I often think about what we have been robbed of by the generations that came before us and am astounded by their short-sightedness and greed. Nothing has changed!

I often refer people to these harrowing images, taken not that long ago, of buffalo skulls piled high:

Proudly displaying buffalo massacre.Buffalo skulls for bone china.

Imagine what North America must have looked like to the European settlers; a bounty of wildlife – more fish, trees, buffalo, etc. than they had ever seen. And what did they then proceed to do? Destroy it all. …in record time.

It is hard to fathom how anyone could think this was acceptable. …but we haven’t stopped.

Read more about the summit: ‘Terror being waged on wildlife’, leaders warn

The Grief of a Whale

Mother seen support dead calfThis story really is heartbreaking. An orca baby dies at birth and her mother pushes the dead body through the water for over two weeks, refusing to let it go.

I remember when I was young and people would actually say things like “the difference between animals and humans is animals have no soul” or some bullshit like that. Of course, that all came out of some Christian notion of souls and man’s superiority over nature. At any rate, it’s good to see that this idea is finally being disrupted. People are finally coming to realise that just because they don’t feel as we feel, they still feel.

And as terrible and sad as this story about the whale is, at least it generates some sense of sympathy, even empathy, and perhaps even some guilt, as the fact is, we are basically the cause of this orca’s death and the cause of this pod’s slow extinction.

It would be nice if this could be a wake-up call and a call to action, but when that mother finally lets her calf go (or dies from malnourishment herself), it probably won’t be long before it’s business as usual and we all forget her plight.

Source: https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/The-stunning-devastating-weekslong-journey-of-13147693.php