Sunday, 22 March 2009

Wild Life in Danger!


Throughout the world, animals are exterminated because their furs have a high market value. Fashion bears a heavy responsibility for the hunting of these wild creatures. Ocelots and jaguars are slaughtered in South America; cheetahs in Africa; leopards in Asia. All the large cats are in danger of extinction, although they are among the world's rarest and most beautiful animals. Would you wear a leopard-skin coat, if you knew that fourteen of these animals had been killed to make that coat? And this is only the beginning. Whales are slaughtered and are in danger of extermination because whale oil is used in cosmetics. Turtles are becoming rare partly because some people eat ...turtle soup! Crocodiles and alligators are killed to make handbags and shoes. Expensive scent is based on musk from civet cats.
Great damage to the animal world is also inflicted by wasteful and cruel methods of hunting animals for zoos, wild-life parks, circuses, and the pet trade, although the first two of these have done great service in protecting rare species. The whole whole subject of animals in captivity raises questions to which one may give different answers. Naturalists and nature lovers are individuals. They do not all think alike. While one may enjoy seeing elephants performing in the circus ring, another would be sickened by the sight of animals trained to perform tricks for our entertainment!. To my mind, it is a crime to take such creatures from their natural habitat and tame them, thus turning them into something different from what they are by nature.
Nowadays, in the twenty-first century, man often seems to be living in an artificial world of his own making, too far removed from the rest of the natural world. Perhaps he needs to learn afresh that he cannot survive if he destroys nature's network - the fabric of life in a living world.

8 comments:

christina-1977 said...

I love fur coats but I only wear fake - they are also very warm and beautiful. I also admire BB for everything she has done to save animals in danger. She is a great lady and thanks for the video. So sweet and moving.

Constantinos said...

You are right Christina. Fake fur coats are just as warm and elegant.

Reader Wil said...

I 'll never buy a furcoat,nor will my daughters do so. We are members of W.W.F.Thank you for this post. It's important that everybody should know that animal life, and consequently human life, is at stake! Have a great week.

Olga said...

I wear real fur coats and I sometimes feel very guilty about it. The problem is also political. If the governments of the world made a law to not allow hunting wild animals, then there would not be any furs on the market.

Stefania said...

I don't like fur coats real or fake. I prefer leather jackets. Besides I agree that it is a terrible crime to kill animals in order to get their fur. By destroying wild life, we destroy the planet - our own home.

Anastasia said...

I've always loved fur coats very much but I've never bought a real one. Not just because I can't afford it but because I love animals very much. Fake fur coats are just as warm and stylish. I also believe that it's equally cruel to train wild animals to perform tricks for some people's entertainment! That's why I hate circuses.

Sophia said...

The human kind iis supposed to be the most intelligent animal on the planet. But you wouldn't think so when you see in how many ways causes suffering to innocent sweet creatures like the ones on the video. The civet cat is about to be extinct if it hasnt been extinct already while baby seals are slaughtered in Canada so to get their oil and make long-lasting lipsticks which are usually very expensive.

Laura said...

Sophia is right.Hundreds of thousands of harp seals are literally slaughtered in Canada. Right now, the European Parliament is actively considering a complete ban on the trade of skins from seals who are slaughtered anywhere in the world.