The suffering we inflict on animals isn’t restricted to the land. Our oceans are fast being depleted of recourses. Populations of commercially attractive large fish, such as tuna, cod, swordfish and merlin have declined as much as 90 percent in the past century. Each year, illegal long-line fishing kills over 300.000 seabirds, including 100,000 albatrosses. As many as 100 million sharks are killed each year for their meat and fins, which are used for shark fin soup. Hunters typically capture the sharks, de-fin them while they are still alive and then quite simply throw them back into the ocean where they either drown or bleed to death. Plastic waste kills up to 1 million seabirds, 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish every year.
It really is a frightening thought. We are humankind, top of the food chain, said to be the most intelligent creatures here, yet we have quite successfully raped the planet of its recourses and driven creatures to extinction. We force other creatures into cages before skinning them, sometimes alive and we force-feed others in order to eat Foie gras. I am not sure that sounds so intelligent, quite the opposite in fact.
Doesn’t it make you wonder where we are heading, what kind of intelligence we possess. Surely it is time for us to start thinking about the consequences of our actions and to begin treating the world and the creatures about us with a little respect. Through respect for life about us we can respect ourselves and without respect, we are destined to fail.
Violence and aggression has been one with us since the dawn of our time, although back then it was violence and aggression that kept us alive. We had little choice but to hunt and to protect ourselves. We lived in caves and only the naked flame could offer us light and warmth. We lived off of the land, killed to survive and in time, returned to the land. It’s not like that today. Nowadays we have so much more.
I don’t think we have learned a whole lot about respect since then though. Back then we ate to live and we struggled day in and day out to survive. Now though we live to eat and survival is vastly in our favor. Survival has its price though; being at the top of the food chain has its disadvantages. We have the power to take, take, take… But sooner or later we will have to start giving back. Mother Earth knows what we are doing, mark my words.
Mother Earth will only take so much punishment and when she does decide to react, I seriously think we should take cover.