I will accept arguments based on animal rights only from vegans. Most
of us will not even bat an eyelid when eating a 39 day old chicken
that has lead its entire life cooped up in a small cage, yet be
outraged when a wild bird has its life cut short. Does this seem not
a little hypocritical?
If Julian B. truly believes that conservation and animal rights
are inseparable, then lets be honest about how we prioritise our
animals' rights. I'd say a bristlebird ranks a bit higher than a
feral cat, so try telling the cat it's being killed in the name of
animal rights. All animals are not equal in our minds, so there is no
universal 'animal right' that we are upholding. We just like birds a
In North America the duck-shooting brigade provides huge amounts of
money through a regulated system that goes into wetland management.
Maybe Australia needs more field officers to crack down on the
renegade shooters who'll bag anything that flies, walks or swims. But
really, is the real threat truly shooters or agriculturalists? If the
latter, then get money off the former and lobby for better management
and more effective regulations on wetland use and conservation.
Australian School of Environmental Studies,
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