2nd part of Placing Animals

It was interesting reading Chapter 5 because in Environmental Ethics we just had a speaker from the Humane Society of the United States come and speak about how farm animals are being treated in our country. She mentioned how in the state of Iowa you can’t take photos of people’s farms without permission, she said it is in act but the book said it failed. If you looked up more information, it says Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Montana, and North Dakota, all adopted bans that’s its illegal to record, take pictures, etc. of farms without the owner’s permission. She also mention the fact Koreans eat dogs and have a dog meat trade where the Humane Society of the United States tries to stop this by working with the farmers in investing a different route instead of killing dogs. The Humane Society of the United States also takes the dogs back into the United States to get adopted. The book mentioned this fact about the Koreans, which again is sad (pg 103).

Another thing this book does is mention animals that apparently humans have ate and to me it’s disgusting because I don’t think that’s right to eat dogs and tigers and a lot of animals. I also don’t think eating an animal will help past those characteristics to you, that human, where this isn’t the way to go but that’s just my opinion. I like that this book mentions biodiversity and gives the idea that we need other animals and elements in order to survive. The book mentions that we need biodiversity to survive which is true. We talk a lot about this in environmental ethics and how we need to look at things in a whole, how individuals make the impact to the ecosystem. The idea is shown here where we need to think about the things around us that help form the function of the ecosystem.

I like the idea mention how human-wildlife relations are revolved around consumption and recreation/tourism. Looking at the numbers, it’s really shocking how much money is spent on wildlife recreation. It’s a good thing that conservation of species is getting protected through some of the money being spent but its sad when things go out of hand and start decreasing the amount of a certain species rapidly where its almost extinct. The example of the North Pacific fur seal was sad to read but a good example showing how our world could go so far in killing an animal till almost extinction just to make money and profit.


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