5/20/2005

Here we go again.

Vanity Pets

Here we go the latest in stupidity from the human race. Vanity pets. I can't think of another name for it. What am I talking about? I'm talking about the breeding of domestic cats with breeds of wild African cats to breed an expensive exotic pet for those bored sociallites who have more money then sense. There can't be any other reason then status for owning one of these animals, what with the huge numbers of domestic cats already being put down because of lack of homes it certainly isn't because there's such a pressing need to create more breeds for people to have as pets.

Why do we continue to mess with nature. Time and time again we have proven that when we start directly interfering in the evolutionary process we screw things up royally. Just look at what we have done to sustain the various strains of domestic cattle: destroyed massive amounts of rain forest in Brazil so that McDonald's can have grazing for it's herds, committed cultural genocide through the destruction of North American Buffalo herds so ranchers could run their cattle, and turned massive tracts of delicate grasslands in Africa into wastelands through over grazing. All because some bright light decided it would be a good idea to domesticate cattle. Cow meat and cow dairy products are not even eaten by a good portion of the world's population: 60% or more people of colour are lactose intolerant, either to the point of not being able to drink milk or to not being able to ingest any dairy.

In that instance at least they had the excuse that they believed they were coming up with a viable source of food, but in the case of cross breeding animals for the sake of new breeds of pets what other excuse do they have except for simple greed. It's just another example of people believing that nature is there for them to exploit, not an equal partner in existence. This is the attitude that has got us into the predicament that we are presently in. Worrying about the state of the ozone layer, whether there is enough food to feed all the mouths on the planet, wondering when the supply of fresh water will run out, and watching species after species of animal and plant die off on a daily basis.

We can not continue on this path for very much longer with out risking the destruction of all life on this planet. Vanity pets may seem like a it has nothing to do with that risk, but they are just the tip of the iceberg of our selfish and short sighted view of nature. Is it any wonder that people who care about the environment and animal rights are turning to more and more desperate actions? When nobody listens you have to figure out a way to shout louder.

cheers gypsyman

1 Comments:

Anonymous just me said...

What it really comes down to is the big picture of denial.
We are the only species not in harmony with all else; not only can we not harmonize with the great beauty of the seasons and cycles and all the creatures upon this earth, we cannot get along with our own others of our species.
That's just a start. The problem is with in each of us - we can't be alone with ourselves, and this is what we run from. Trying to make everything else 'convienient' for our own means --the worst reason is because we are bored, dis-satisfied; afraid to face our own fragile reality and error.
We try to 'fix' everything else to prove our superiority --instead we are proving our own stupidity, and further more adding to the error of our ways. In this - In this we are most dangerous - yes, us with no teeth or claws, no means of natural defence (or blending into the wheel) . . .
why on earth would we take a species that has been evolved perfectly for more than anyone can count in time, as usual to exert that we can. That's all.
It's discusting. and while it's just one little piece of what we do to entertain ourselves, make ourselves feel superior - at the same time it's HUGE.
But it's a good distraction at the moment to the monumental damage we have been inflicting constantly on a perfect planet - and all the while she fights for her balance.
I've heard people say "oh, Mother Nature is fighting back" when there's an earthquake.
Jeez --don't think so much of your self ---she's doing what she will do.
And further more - we probably caused the imbalance that was necessary to be corrected.
It's time we did what we are supposed to do.
Grow up.
Be responsible.
Change ourselves - let the environment change us, not the other way around.

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