633 - Bear kills owner in PA
Monday, October 05, 2009
Bear Attack

This is harsh... but perhaps, just perhaps, if you keep a large animal in a 15 x 15 concrete and steel cage, you are asking for it? To be more harsh, I would argue that you deserve the wrath of that animal some day. It is utterly pointless to keep bears or tigers in cages unless it serves for the education of the public on a large scale, in a proper zoo for example, or for essential scientific or conservation purposes. (And the latter is usually a pointless exercise aimed at the most charismatic, but ecologically unimportant mammals or birds.)

In other words, most animals should be left alone. There is no need to keep large animals as pets, no need to have them in the circus to entertain us (Cirque du Soleil does pretty well without them), no need to ride horses or race dogs, and frankly while I am on a rant, no real need to keep dogs in a city. I hate the fact that New York streets are all coated with a thin (well sometimes not so thin) layer of dog shit. And even worse, these animals are locked into small apartments most of the time waiting for an owner to take them out so they can urinate. Where is the dignity in that? Not to mention the fact that city dogs also seldom get to run around and have any real freedom.

Animal abuse, then, takes many forms. And I am suggesting that often it is rather more subtle. All the same, Americans are generally disgusted by people eating cats, dogs, and and horses (all things that I have absolutely no problem eating because, lets face it, I am a top predator). But at least there is a purpose to their life if they are to be eaten. Keeping a pet locked up for your enjoyment (not to help you live in the form of food) in a way is even more cruel. It is rather selfish, and very sad. Every now and then, the animals give feedback.
posted by High Power Rocketry @ Monday, October 05, 2009  
  • At 10/5/09, 1:33 PM, Blogger thimscool said…

    Out of curiosity, what level of suffering does your diet justify? Do you eat veal? Foix Gras?

  • At 10/5/09, 5:38 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    I gladly eat any animal. There is a difference between managed suffering for a purpose, and a pointless life. I dont eat Foix Gras because of the way it is produced. I do understand that most meats involve some suffering, but I dont know that it is really needed.

    Animals are food. Bears are not pets.

  • At 10/6/09, 9:14 AM, Blogger Arjan said…

    the bear gives 'feed-back'? hehe just smiled at the possible wordplay.

  • At 10/7/09, 7:09 PM, Blogger R2K said…

    Thanks, I may not be a very good writer but from time to time I can push a joke down the pipeline.

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