Are animals superior to humans?

 

Animals and humans have coexisted in nature through millions of years. From the cocker spaniel in your neighbourhood to the wild boar in the marshy Amazon rainforest, animals form a significant part of the ecosystem. How this cohabitation has existed for so many years, despite the differences, is a matter of wonder.

The five big cats – lions, tigers, jaguars, leopard, and snow leopard – collectively called the Panthera genus, along with cheetah and puma have always been feared and admired in equal measures. The agile predators have defied humans for long with the latter left with no choice but to not interfere with the wild.

Leopards have had a historical conflict with India with two haunting cases of man-eating. The leopard of Rudraprayag killed 125 people, while the Panar leopard killed 400. Both were, in turn, killed by Jim Corbett, the British-Indian hunter and conservationist, whose ‘Man-eaters of Kumaon’ became a famous record of his experiences with the beasts.

Animals have the anatomy to survive the wild, their physical attributes overpower humans’ in a lot of ways. The echolocation of bats in complete darkness, wherein they emit ultrasonic sounds which echo and let them know about their immediate surroundings; the physical mass of elephants and rhinoceros, snakes that take flight or lizards that can walk on water, the dexterity and predatory nature of wild animals are astonishing and unnerving.

Humans have limitations to what they can achieve with their physiognomy, and to counter that they have built things externally. Because they could not travel 800kms for food like bats, humans shaped alternative modes of transportation – a lack of speed or the ability to fly were compensated by bullet trains and jet airplanes.

Earlier our ancestors had better physical strength, much like apes and chimps. That has been replaced by a much evolved human brain and, in turn, weak muscles. Our physical strength does not match up to most of the tame animals, even. To counter that humans make use of the brain, whose size is one of the largest among all species. While humans do not have a fur like shield to protect the skin from extreme weathers, clothes can alter that.

Left with just themselves in the wilderness, humans, devoid of any exceptional physical strength to protect them, would rely on the brain. This is what happened millions of years ago when the early humans made weapons by attaching stones to sticks, or to counter extreme weather, used animal fur or foliage. The human mind is the single most important thing that has carried forward the species, coexisting with some of the most ferocious animals in existence.

A flipside to this is speciesism, a belief that humans are superior to any other species, thus leading to widespread exploitation of animals. Because humans can now alter their environment with machines, they also exploit it through deforestation, pollution, global warming – making it unfit, if not extremely dangerous, for other animals as well. Hunting and poaching of animals has driven them into extinction.

Are humans then a separate species, reveling in and blinded by their own achievements, or are they a part of a whole, a balanced ecological setup? Humans may feel they are self-sufficient but they do need the presence of animals to survive. The dairy that comes from farm animals, to the honey produced by the bees – humans rely on animals for food. They are also important in farming practices, and have been used for transportation and hunting expeditions. The agility of horses and the companionship of dogs and wolves have helped the humans through centuries. Animals might survive without humans, but the reverse is not quite true.

Chinese Dog Eating Festival – Delight or Plight

Chinese Dog Eating Festival - Delight or Plight

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The infamous Chinese Dog eating fest, popularly Known as Yulin dog festival, happens every year in Yulin city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region of China in summer. We are now exactly a week away from that horrible fiesta that no rational person in the world can support. As per the estimate, around 10,000–15,000 dogs are killed or burnt alive every year at Yulin before they find their way into the people’s plates.

More shocking is the participation of the common people in this cruelest blood-thirsty carnival leading to the brutal killing of so many dogs just to satiate the taste buds of some “sadistic” and “reckless” people. The festival runs for 10 days – lives of a thousand of dogs and puppies get destroyed in the cruelest manner. They are burnt alive and heated iron rods are inserted into their bodies.

Dogs are kept in iron cage for days without water and food in an unhygienic condition during their shipment to Yulin days ahead of the festival. These helpless creatures couldn’t even breathe properly at these wired cages. They feel suffocated and suffer from respiratory problems. But nobody is there to listen to their plight. Lots of dogs have already reached Yulin by now, and are counting their last few days on earth.

On reaching Yulin, these dogs are immediately sold to restaurants and private cooks. From health perspective, Dog meat has no nutritious value. They could badly affect the immune system of a human body. According to some local Yulin dog eaters, “dog meat tastes weird. Since it is a 400-year-old tradition, they don’t want to stop it.

Why Yulin Dog Eating Festival Is Inherently Wrong?

Though Chinese government neither approves nor disapproves the event, but Yulin Festival 2017 is bringing more shame to the nation. Last year, under immense pressure from the global animal rights organization, Yulin dog eating festival was eventually stopped.

Dog meat eating festival in Yulin is no delight. It leads to massive animal suffering, risking human health and tarnish the China’s global reputation as an animal-friendly nation. It breaches China’s food safety laws while promoting illegal killing and kidnapping of dogs roaming on the streets.

Barbaric, Savage, Cruelty and a heinous Crime! Nothing more could define this horrific Yulin festival. However, not all Chinese people support Yulin festival. It is only a handful of them who find pleasure by murdering dogs.

In one of its recent surveys, conducted by Chinese state-affiliated website, 3000 people participated on this online poll, and around 64% of the respondents urged for a complete ban on consuming dog meat in China while 24% of the people opposed the ban.

Shame on Being Human

A dog’s longevity is around 10% of humans. While humans can easily survive up to 80 or 90 in good health and still yearns to live more, an average dog’s life stays somewhere around 10 to 12. Yet people snatch away their lives abruptly in the veil of a tradition.

It was only in the last decade that mass killing of dogs began in such a horrible manner. Even Chinese government and Yulin state officials have separated themselves from the event citing it a festival observed by a very few businessmen and local people.

What these cruel people forget that a dog is a God’s creation. Taking their lives abruptly is indeed inhuman, unethical, cruel and immoral. How does human get the right to burn them alive and cook them? Who gave these criminal rights to them? Dogs never eat humans – they may bite which could be cured with antibiotics and vaccination. But once a dog is killed – a precious life is already lost. It can’t come back ever. It is shame to be a human as long as these cruelties to animals continue to prevail in the world.

Do you know this about Crows?

 

What’s with crows we see around us all the time? Why don’t we like them and take them as bad omen?

Researchers and scientists say that human don’t like crows because crows are like human when it comes to survivability. They can think, they can react and they can live in adverse circumstances, just like humans.

Opportunistic Eaters

Crows are opportunistic eaters, so they eat whatever they can. From fish, corn, grains, fruits to left out food from garbage and meat, they can eat most of it.

Taste Buds

This reason is that they have fewer than 500 taste buds, while human have upto 10,000. Less number of taste buds makes it easier for him to eat not-so-tasty food.

Not only black

Most of us seem to have seen only black crows and thus we think crows are black, but that’s not true. If you see a crow from a different angle and rather carefully, you might notice different colors of feathers on the crow. Some are green, some purple, some blue and some black.

Family Bonds

Crows are known to have strong family bonds. There can be upto 50 crows in a family. Their family planning is similar to humans as their children stick around for a longer period of time with the parents, unlike most other birds. This research says is because crows have learned a lot from humans. They have learned to live alongside human for thousands of years. When cities were built, crows moved to cities just like humans and thus humans and crows are inseparable.

Expression of Emotions

Crows express their happiness, sadness and love with expressions. Parent crows are very careful with their children as they learn the deals of survivability. Learning to hunt food is an important lesson for crows to survive since all crows are not lucky enough to grow up to become mature.

Experimenting with food

Since crows have to live in proximity with humans, they try and test everything they encounter to know is they are eatable.

Language

Crows have a distinct sound of language in which they communicate. There are different types of sound that crows use. Some for signaling danger and some for signaling food while some for social gatherings.

Intelligence

Crows are highly intelligent animals. They are capable of performing complex tasks like planning and calculating, just like humans. They show this quality by hiding their food somewhere else whenever they suspect another crow has seen it. They remember faces that treat them well and faces that treat them badly.

So, next you see a crow and look in its eyes, just smile J

Animal Agriculture is Dominating Reason for Cliimate Change

Animal Agriculture is Dominating Reason for Cliimate Change

Out of our total greenhouse gas emission, we consider transport, industries, treatment plants, sewage and so on as the biggest contributors to climate change, but they are not. The most dangerous greenhouse gas contributor is our consumption of meat.

According to the documentary ‘Cowspiracy’ animal agriculture is responsible for half of the global greenhouse emissions.

A report by The Guardian said that “A research, led by scientists at the Oxford Martin School, found that shifting to a mostly vegetarian diet, or even simply cutting down meat consumption to within accepted health guidelines, would make a large dent in greenhouse gases.

Adhering to health guidelines on meat consumption could cut global food-related emissions by nearly a third by 2050, the study found, while widespread adoption of a vegetarian diet would bring down emissions by 63%.”

The report also said that our food system was responsible for over a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn is a major driver of climate change.

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Surprisingly, there is no plan by the United Nations to achieve that. Impact of animal agriculture, which includes meat and dairy products, on climate change is not limited to only one or two reports, but numerous researchers and scientists have come to this conclusion time and again.

Another report by Clatham House title ‘Livestock – Climate Change’s Forgotten Sector Global Public Opinion on Meat and Dairy Consumption’ aaid “The global livestock industry produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, planes, trains and ships combined, but a worldwide survey by Ipsos MORI in the report finds twice as many people think transport is the biggest contributor to global warming.”

There are more than 1.5 billon cows on earth and each emits sixty five gallons of methane in a day.

What is methane?

Methane (CH4), a greenhouse gas traps 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. To show how serious this is, you must consider that waste produced by one cow is equivalent to 160 people. And where does the waste go? In our water system which creates dead zones in them.

This is not limited to pollution of waterways and emission of more and more heat only, it’s also about deforestation being done to accommodate animals for meat and dairy production. To add to that, more than hundreds and thousands of species are getting extinct every year at a rate between 0.01 to 0.1, an unprecedented rate.

What can we do?

Firstly, make changes to our daily lives. Vegan diet is the best option. Generating awareness will definitely help, but all this must be done urgently and must be seriously followed.

We have to do it to protect our environment. Many have already started, what about you?

 

 

 

What do sugar gliders eat?

Pets are human’s most lovable and obedient friends. When your pet is a sugar glider, it is time to celebrate and rejoice nature’s simplicity.

Sugar gliders are small, omnivorous, tree loving, and nocturnal marsupials from Australia. They borrow their name from an affinity for sugary nectarous foods combined with their ability to glide through the air, much like a flying squirrel. Their appearance and habits are in fact quite similar to a living squirrel. One of the most peculiar characteristics of these animals is their gliding membrane patagium which covers their entire body from their fore legs to hind legs. Why do they glide a lot? It helps them locate food as well as avoid enemies! Continue reading