2008年5月24日土曜日

豪 動物の権利革命への反論

動物の権利が次の大きな社会的な司法運動になるらしい。
「ネズミ、ブタ、犬や男の子はすべての哺乳類」と言うのが主張らしい。

PETAが共同創始者となって勧める動物の権利革命に反論する人がいる。
・羊のミュールジングへの抗議でウール産業が破壊された。
・サメネットにかかって死んだ3mのテンジクザメの発見で環境保護主義者が
 抗議したがサメの被害にあった家族はどう思うのか。
・サメの攻撃は世界中で10年で10件以上に増加。
 フロリダで、サメ漁禁止になってから、攻撃は急上昇。
・キャンプ場を襲っている野犬は無視するが、ディンゴが9才の男子を殺すと
 ディンゴを選別すべきだと言う。
・カンガルー安楽死で不必要な動物の苦しみを防ぐ。

「殺したカンガルーの肉をビルマや四川の被災地に輸出したどうか」と言うが
受け取る側は「人の足元を見て処分品を送りつけてきた」と反感を持つことが
わからないらしい。横柄な贈り物をするのは人種差別主義国ならではの思想
だろう。

反論者の思想は日本人の近い感性だ。
「いくらかの生物の死は決してめでたい事でありません。
しかし、人の生命を保護することは時々必要です」

こういう考え方をする人がいるのに、鯨については一切触れない。
豪ではタブーなんだろう。

Kangaroo slaughter in Canberra Australia, 19 May 2008


---Let's rue the culling of common sense---
Miranda Devine
May 24, 2008
http://www.smh.com.au/news/miranda-devine/lets-rue-the-culling-of-common-sense/2008/05/23/1211183096236.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Photos of tiny, colourful school bags of missing Chinese children neatly lined up on the ground in earthquake-wracked Sichuan province this week prompted the students at my son's primary school to launch a donation drive.

Across the country, kind-hearted Australians have been quietly translating their compassion into aid dollars for the tens of thousands dead and millions injured and bereaved in China and cyclone-devastated Burma.

But while searing reports of global human tragedy fill our newspapers and screens, the loudest calls on our compassion, the greatest cries of outrage, have been from animal activists working themselves into a lather over the orderly culling of a few excess kangaroos in Canberra. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Whether it's destroying our wool industry to protest against the mulesing of sheep, or protecting killer sharks that prowl our waters for human limbs to chomp on, or demanding we all go vegan, animal activists have just grown too big for their rubber boots.

As mothers wept for their lost babies in China, animal activists agonised for kangaroos, which are in such plague proportions around Canberra they are starving to death - a far less humane end than the tranquiliser and barbiturate overdose the military has been administering at the Belconnen Naval Station, under the watch of the RSPCA.

"This is nothing short of mass murder," railed protester Coralie Letica, who told The Canberra Times the roo cull was one of the most disgusting things she had seen. "We will be back here for the next year, the next two years, the next four years, putting up signs to remind people of the kangaroos that have been murdered," Wildcare's Pat O'Brien told AAP.

Murdered? As yet there is no such crime as kangaroo murder, although that could change, given the explosion of animal law courses at Australian universities, and the publication next month of the first animal law journal.

In March, David Weisbrot, the head of the Law Reform Commission, said animal rights could become "the next great social justice movement". If that is the case, no better demonstration could there be of the moral elevation of animals to at least the equal of humans, if not better, since humans have supposedly wrought such damage on the planet.

The Australian philosopher Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, has built an international reputation on his view that upholding human exceptionalism is "speciesism, and wrong for the same reasons that racism and sexism are wrong. Pain is equally bad, if it is felt by a human being or a mouse." He has suggested the animal kingdom be divided into "non-human persons", such as apes and dogs, and "human non-persons", such as old or defective people.

The animal rights revolution, for which Singer has been the intellectual spear-carrier, is summed up in the quote of Ingrid Newkirk, co-founder the animal rights group PETA: "A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They are all mammals."

It is nothing less than a revival of the ancient quasi-religion of animism, which bestows souls on animals and has marked some of the most primitive, brutal hunter-gatherer societies on Earth. It obscenely channels away from humanity the limited resources of public compassion and social justice.

One sign of how back-to-front priorities have become was the outcry from environmentalists in December, after a three-metre grey nurse shark was found dead in the shark nets off Bondi. Three people reportedly had been attacked by sharks in NSW in the previous two months, but the NSW Greens blasted the "obscenity of old-fashioned shark nets". Much lamenting ensued over the poor dead shark, but not a thought of the threat to innocent beachgoers.

The documentary Sharkwater by Canadian filmmaker Rob Stewart, showing in Sydney cinemas, claims we unfairly demonise the marauders of the seas. But tell that to the family of 16-year-old bodyboarder Peter Edmonds, killed by a shark in Ballina last month.

This week WWF is demanding the entire Coral Sea be declared a protected marine park, to save sharks it says are endangered. Many of the ocean predators are already protected in Australian waters and shark advocates are working hard to increase their numbers, saying the tragedy is not when "shark bites man" but when "man bites shark". Que?

The impact of the federal protection order placed on great white sharks a decade ago is not yet clear, since sharks, unlike kangaroos, don't breed like rabbits. But the shark hunter Vic Hislop has slammed it as "lunacy" and fisherman say new marine parks created along coastal NSW, where all fishing is banned, have brought more sharks closer to humans.

New Scientist magazine says shark attacks worldwide have increased decade on decade, and in Florida attacks have soared since a shark fishing ban was instituted, a 2002 report by the Heartland Institute says. And with conservationists pushing to remove shark nets from popular NSW beaches to prevent needless shark deaths (never mind the humans), the only advice they're offering is to stay out of the water and stop invading the shark's space. Great.

Similar inhuman reaction greeted the killing by dingoes of a nine-year-old boy on Fraser Island in 2001, where reports of the wild dogs invading campsites had been ignored. At suggestions that dingoes should be culled to protect future small tourists, environmentalists went feral. The killing of any creature is never a happy event, but it is necessary sometimes to protect human life. Often it is done to prevent needless animal suffering, as is the case of the euthanasia of Belconnen's surplus kangaroos.

Amid the marsupial mania this week, John Bell from Lineham at least had his priorities straight in a letter to a newspaper: "Why not put down the roos in question and process the meat for immediate export to those devastated parts of Burma and China where people are dying from lack of food." Sichuan kangaroo has a certain ring.

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