Are Animals Just 'Things' We Exploit?

Animals | Things | Exploit | 08th September 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

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As the population of the planet earth rises, our demand for natural resources increases too.

Economically developed countries that engage in industrialization more than economically developing or under-developed countries; are more likely to exploit natural resources. In general, animals provide our species with many valuable resources. They provide a variety of foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, butter, salami, and cold meat essential to our survival. As result, these animals have been a victim of human exploitation. Fishing has resulted in billions of fish dying every year. Another animal that fell short of suffering is chicken and hens. They are raised crammed together in tiny spaces and only see sunlight when taken to a slaughterhouse.


Living under artificial light is more economically profitable, altering the hen's behaviours and chickens' biological cycles. Their lives style generates colossal stress, leading to behaviours like pulling each other's feathers out and cannibalism. Many more animals are suffering the same fate to provide us, humans, with 'food.' Animals (such as corals and oysters) supply us with food and are one of the primary resources to make jewellery and handicrafts. Oyster reefs have been driven to the brink of extinction for centuries by resource extraction aggravated by coastal degradation. Over 99% of oyster reefs have been lost in many bays, making them functionally extinct. Overall, it is estimated that 85% of oyster reefs have been lost globally. Our obsession with pretty and shiny things has been gravely affecting other organisms.

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It is still common to use animals as transport in many parts of the world. The Sahara desert, for instance, uses camels as the primary means of transportation, while northern regions use sleighs pulled by huskies, dogs hardy enough to withstand both cold and fatigue. Over a long time, some animals, such as elephants, suffer from deconstructed backs because their backs aren't designed to carry heavy loads for an extended period. Therefore, it has become illegal to capture and trade elephants for commercial purposes.


The exploitation of animals continues, which is starting to affect our ecosystem heavily. Livestock farming has a significant environmental impact. Their agriculture not only contributes 18% of human-produced greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, but their exploitation also contributes to deforestation, acid rain, biodiversity loss, and damage to coral reefs. Save animals, save the earth.



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