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The lion knows

Lucian-Dragoş Bogdan

Publicat Duminică, 8 Aprilie 2007, ora 17:47

      Few days earlier I watched a documentary on TV regarding an Arabian community. The documentary was about how the development of technology influenced its life. One thing that got my attention was the fact that camels weren’t as valuable as they did before. Various vehicles took their places and those animals, indissoluble linked to the evolution of that society along centuries, became obsolete.
      It was the second or the third evening from that event that I was out with a couple of friends for a beer. One of my companions enounced the idea to forbid raising domestic animals (pigs, cows, goats, hens, etc.) somewhere else then in farms. Any citizen that would raise them in a village or a city should have been severely punished. When I asked for arguments in this matter I was told that those animals were a source of infection and pollution.
      I couldn’t stop making a connection with Philip K. Dick’s book “Do androids dream of electric sheep?”
      I thought of our ingratitude. After having them help us for thousand of years, using them for their meat, milk, eggs, furs and horns, after using them as transporters from one place of the Earth to another, we finish by slaughtering them for having no reasonable use any more.
      We destroy their habitats for our buildings and roads. We kill them massively for a part of their body is well paid in some rich market or only for our own amusement. We send them as far as we can for annoying us with their sound and smell.
      Many organizations fight for animal rights.
      However, the law of natural selection ruled this Earth from the beginning. The toughest kills the weaker in order for it/its specie to survive. True. But let’s take a closer look. We can see lions hunting antelopes. They can almost reach them. They are isolating one antelope from the rest of the crowd. Which one? One that was slower than the others. It was slower because it was old, or wounded, or ill, or was not well adapted to its environment. The other antelopes escape. Until the next meeting, when once again, one will be killed for the same criteria.
      The toughest kills the weakest in order to survive. Probably we should say “The toughest kills the weakest of the weaker, in order for both species to survive.” Lions would never exterminate antelopes, because that would lead to their own extinction.
      Now what do we see human are doing? They are exterminating everything for the right of the toughest, regardless of the consequences. We have surrogates for milk, meat, furs and everything else animals can provide. We do not discuss which one is healthier. There are many opinions and this might be the main theme of another essay.
      What we should discuss is the fact of throwing what we do not need. Throwing things is not bad for it can prove maturity: “I don’t need that anymore, so I will go on without it.”
      To treat animals as we do with any unimportant stuff sounds a little odd. We needed them we still need them, even though in small matters. And even if the day will come when we’ll find no use for animals we shouldn’t do them any harm.
      They helped us so many years that we couldn’t count them.
      More than that, we are all parts of the same eco-system. A missing link destroys the chain.
      The lion knows.

© Copyright Lucian-Dragoş Bogdan
Sursa :   Imagikon
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