I don’t know if I necessarily liked this book overall, but Urbanik did do a great job of opening my eyes up to different things that I would of never thought of. Certain points that really made me think were how differently humans view animals throughout the world, as well as, why people eat the animals they do. It was interesting to see how different places around the world eat animals that are domesticated in other parts of the world. I already knew different places around the world eat guinea pigs, but it made me really think about how different people think. To many times Americans get angry at what others do around the world, but at the end of the day it is usually how those people are raised or the culture they live in. From day one, animals have been a source of food, so it is not that hard to believe that different places around the world eat and view certain animals differently than Americans do. This also goes hand in hand with why people eat the food they do. Of course, people try different animals that they would of never thought in a million years they’d eat, just because they are curious about the taste. In most cases though, people are born into the norm of their culture and the food they eat while not thinking anything of it because that is what they have been surrounded by their whole life. I am glad we read this book because it definitely opened my eyes up to different ways of looking at how people (not just Americans) view animals and eating them.
MELTING ARCTIC ICE COULD WIPE OUT THE BELOVED BELUGA WHALE
With the arctic climate being at such high risk, the beluga whale could be the next victim of climate change. The issue with climate change in the Arctic is that it is causing the sea ice to shrink. Without sea ice, there can be no sea algae, and with no sea algae means the fish and crustaceans that eat that algae will have no food. This is a problem for belugas because the fish and crustaceans that eat the sea ice algae are then eaten by the whales, and if there isn’t any sea ice algae there aren’t any fish for the belugas to eat. The other problem climate change has towards belugas is that it is warming the arctic water. This makes for new predators for the beluga whales, such as Orcas, who could not live in the cold arctic waters but can now, due to warmer temperatures, which places a new threat to beluga whales. The article concludes with the following statement, “As the food supply dwindles and habitats are threatened, reproduction is increasingly difficult. These animals are forced to relocate and change their migratory patterns. They are subject to disease and chemical pathogens from pollution. Their survival, the Arctic’s survival, and ultimately the global ecosystem’s survival depends on addressing climate change.”