To effectively combat the hunting industry, animal advocates must put aside all sentiment and focus on the money, in order to convince African governments that hunting is a wasteful use of land and that rural economies will benefit far more from non-consumptive ecotourism.
Jewish worshipers chant every Sabbath morning, “The soul of every living being shall praise God’s name.” Yet, some come to synagogue during the winter months wearing fur coats that required the cruel treatment of living beings.
It is not hard to identify similarities between women’s rights issues and animal rights issues. FIAPO believes that the end of sexist objectification, and recognition of equality of women, logically extends to animals too.
“On January 23rd 2018, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) set out its non-detriment findings (NDF) for the African lion. This is of extreme importance to the hunting industry, since without an NDF, no lion hunts would be allowed and no lion trophies could be exported.”
By using an innocent cow as a divisive political symbol and attacking Help in Suffering’s rescue team, ‘cow vigilantes’ have harmed innumerable animals in Jaipur, India.
None of the existing role players in conservation understand what is required to save Africa’s vanishing wilderness. The issue is just too broad and deep – and politically charged.
According to Judaism, animals are part of God’s creation and people have special responsibilities to them. The Jewish tradition clearly indicates that we are forbidden to be cruel to animals and that we are to treat them with compassion.
My point is, whether he was joking or not, spreading an attitude of acceptance and even pride over cruelty toward animals is intolerable.
Look at the world and think
With choice would you want
To rejoice with us in the stink
Of this overcrowded land?
El Rey Magnum’s breeder called the colt “a stepping stone to getting close to perfection,” but UK veterinarians warn of severe health risks from such extreme breeding.
If we are serious about providing care at any significant scale, clearly the sheltering model isn’t going to work. We need a radical shift in how we respond, toward a more sustainable method of caring for street animals.
It is tragic that intelligent and well-meaning academics and lawyers can miss the point so badly. The point is that there are very good reasons why existing conservation rules are not being implemented in Africa.