People often say to me, “But Brian, you only care about Animals, and Human rights are important, too”. And yes, I agree; but I submit to you that Animal Rights *are* Human Rights. Poaching of Endangered species is highly reliant on the exploitation of people living in abject poverty in Africa, whether it be hunting trips for rich white men, or hunting performed by people living in that poverty. Money paid to hunt these non-human animals often is used to fund violence and further destruction within ecosystems and communities. It is done so illegally, on protected land, with no care for the life of the creature being hunted, nor the ecosystem in which it lives.
I’ve read arguments from morons like Corey Knowlton who say that “Hunting is conservation”, and empty platitudes from groups like the Dallas Safari club stating that the money that they raise to hunt and kill these creatures is used to grow and improve communities, and that simply is not true. Hunting is exploitation both of Humans and Non-Human animals, and of our planet.
I urge you to take a moment or two to remember that humans have contributed to the extinction of hundreds of creatures simply because we believe it is our right to hunt them until they do not exist on this planet anymore. In the meantime, we have grown to a population of over 7 billion people, all of whom believe that they are the most important creature on this planet.
You’re not. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you’ll realize that we need to do something different, otherwise, we, nor future generations, will not have ground to stand on.