Crimes against nature

March 9, 2008 at 2:00 am 7 comments

Cheetah on the hunt in NamibiaNow, I’m sure you’ll be shocked to learn that the human species is the cruelest on the planet. Gasp, quell horror!! I bet you thought it was collie dogs or doves. Nope, it’s humans. And here’s a round-up of what we’ve done to other species on this planet.

  • single-handedly revived the fur industry and exotic animal skin trade. Dead minks, dead foxes, dead rabbits and other carcases are being increasingly worn on the backs of stick insects tottering down the catwalks of the world and by rappers. According to the Fur Information Council of America, retail sales of fur and fur trim continued to grow in 2005, totaling $1.82 billion, an increase of 82% from 1991. Let’s read that again: an 82% increase in wearing dead animals over a 14 year period.
  • 39 states in the US allow the hunting of mourning doves. Yep, really dangerous creatures these. Here’s a picture of this ferocious bird so you can recognise it should it menace you.

  • Apparently, there are twisted individuals who like to go out hunting this innocent bird because it flies at breakneck speed, turning and diving as it flies. 22 million mourning doves are slaughtered every year in the US.
  • we gorge on salmon, factory-farmed in such overcrowded tanks that their skeletons become malformed and their skullbones burst through their skin in a condition called “death crown.
  • some of us wear dead alligators or crocodiles – as handbags or shoes – without giving a moment’s thought to how these poor creatures were flayed alive or slashed to death. Or how their spinal cords are severed and it takes from 1 hour 41 minutes to 1 hour 53 minutes for the animals to lose consciousness, during which time they probably experience terrible pain.
  • the really cruel amongst us purposely breed fighting roosters and fowl that are bred to rip each other’s eyes out or claw an opponent to death. The birds are often drugged with steroids, strychnine and amphetamine to give them that “fighting spirit”. Humans stand back, watch and bet on the outcome.
  • and if humans can’t wait for the hunting season to begin, they can choof off to Texas to hunt zebra, blackbuck, gazelle and yaks all-year round. And if humans are really bored and have nothing better to do, they can even hunt rare animals like Pere David’s Deer or Sambar Deer in Texas.

So, yes, we should be worrying about global warming and whether our shampoo has sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate in it. But we should also pause and think about how we humans are insufferably cruel to other species that share this planet with us.

Instead of going to movies or being dumbed-down by TV, spend your weekend reading Erin E. Williams and Margo DeMello’s Why Animals Matter and learn about our crimes against nature. You will be appalled.

Source: Alternet


Entry filed under: Animals, Education and Awareness, Nature, Rant.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erin  |  March 13, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Hi Kim — thanks so much for including information on the book here! People can also find out more about The Humane Society of the United States’ work at

    Thanks again!

  • 2. thinkingshift  |  March 13, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Erin

    Congratulations on the book you wrote with Margo! I really hope people will read and learn about the appalling disregard we humans still have for other species. And I hope people will check out the US Humane Society’s link.

    many thx

  • 3. Aly  |  March 13, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Not only did I learn about the plight of animals, I also learned about concrete ways I can help make a difference in my daily life to help reduce animal suffering. Why Animals Matter is an amazing book to share with all the animal lovers in your life!

  • 4. Christine M.  |  March 13, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    This book assembles the solid building blocks for an undeniable case for the humane treatment of animals in all areas of society. The information revealed in this book will help you develop humane stewardship.

  • 5. Anna  |  March 13, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    What’s so great about this book is that it taught me things I didn’t know (and I have been supportive of the animal welfare movement for years), and, at the same time, I feel like I can give it to people that know nothing about the topic….it’s reasonable, approachable, and well-documented. Just a great resource on so many aspects of the movement.

  • 6. Andrew  |  March 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Why Animals Matter is a great book for new readers of animal protection issues. It is also a concise resource for those of us working to help animals everyday. The way in which we treat animals is inconsistent, and the authors use common-sense explanations and examples in the heavily-footnoted book to illustrate this point. I have lived with companion animals, lavished them with treats and toys, spent thousands of dollars for their care, and suffered when they passed away. Why Animals Matter illustrates the hidden suffering of most animals with whom we share the earth. From farm animals, to wildlife, to laboratory animals, to companion animals, to animals used for fur – Why Animals Matter describes the industries that transform animals into food, sport, tools and clothing.

  • 7. psdinvestments  |  March 22, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    hunting is a nessecity in our people crowded world this is an uphill battle.


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