SHOOT ANIMAL WITH CAMERA AND NOT WITH GUN
Why is it that we as a society condemn the actions of a man against a man but very rarely aman against an animal? I think this question must be understood if we are ever to changethe rights animals have. As of yet I don't believe animals have any actual rights. Ratherhumans have rights that involve animals. If we are to truly allow animals to have rights thesame or similar to humans then we must first define what it is that makes us feel as if theyare entitled to rights. Obviously a dog is not physically equal to a human and it would beoutlandish to state that a dog has equal mental ability to that of the average human.However, there are humans that have fewer mental capabilities than that of the averagedog. We would not subject this human to product testing and research but we feel it is allright to place animals in this position. A general defense to this is that the human lifematters more than that of an animal, but what allows us to make that judgment. Singeraddresses this defense by comparing the inequality placed on species to that of theinequality placed on races and sexes, hence his term "speciesism".Peter Singer addresses the ordeal of animal rights better than I have ever seen anyoneaddress it. His analysis laid out in A Utilitarian Defense of Animal Liberation is remarkablystated. He pushes the viewer to see animals as equals to us. But in order for him to do thishe must first redefine equality. I think that the over use of the word equality has been anenormous set back in the movement for animal rights."Hunting is a long and honorable tradition in Michigan, teaching many valuable lessons andencouraging a love of the outdoors," is the most laughable premise perpetuated by hunterseverywhere and has long ago begun to sound like a broken record.Hunting may very well be a tradition to a small minority but in no way does that make itright or acceptable. Many things that are no longer practiced in the 21st Century were also
once considered "tradition."
How hunting would engender love and appreciation of nature, which I hope includeswildlife, is a somewhat skewed and simplistic statement -- is that to say that the 95 percentof non-hunters in the country do not appreciate or respect nature because they haven'tblasted the life out of an animal?Many claim that killing an animal is not the main reason for being outdoors, so why not justleave it at that and enjoy the life, beauty and wonder of a sentient creature whose lifedoesn't belong to anyone to do with as they please! Have these brave and nature-lovinghunters ever heard of a camera?