There seems to be a lack of understanding and a lot of misinformation when it comes down to animals. We will be discussing some of these myths and the conclusions we must reach if we want to prevent animal attacks and deaths. Our belief that animals are motivated by emotions and not survival instincts is the problem. We often attribute animal attacks to human emotions of anger and revenge. These misconceptions are not shared by everyone, but it would be presumptuous to assume that they do. I’m merely stating that the majority of people believe it, based on the evidence. This includes TV shows like Discovery, Animal Planet, TNT, and others. It includes news media and Academia. While some shows may be more guilty than others, the fallacies can range from the small to and absurd.
The most important thing the reader should take away from this article is that animals are simply animals. They are driven by basic instincts for survival. They don’t feel love, anger, jealousy, or revenge. While some animals might be able to feel these emotions, I suspect that their senses are not as developed and well-thought-out as ours. We make a mistake when we try to attribute animal motivations to human emotions. It is best to see the situation through the eyes of the animal. It shouldn’t be difficult, as we can reason. It is possible to go back to the same state of mind we had when we first rubbed sticks together and then drew cave walls.
The main issues:
The hunter is equally to blame for the tree hugger. If a hunter attacks a nature lover and he or she survives, they often say “It didn’t know what it did”. This is false. The animal knew exactly what it was doing. They also claimed that they shouldn’t have placed themselves in such a situation. This statement is true to a certain extent. We cannot assume that wild animals will not attack us when we go out into the wilderness. We must be aware that there are always possibilities and must take responsibility for our actions if we venture into the woods.
Housing developments, businesses, and other activities are threatening the natural habitats of animals. Their territory is shrinking. It is our responsibility to go into the woods. It is the responsibility of the person who enters the forest to be attacked by any animal. Why? Because they know it’s possible. If your children are attacked while out in the woods, it’s the fault of the parent. Why? Because they knew it was possible. While you have every right not to take this risk, the animal can’t be held responsible for anything that happens.
Some people believe animals are irrelevant. The human race is all that matters in this universe. It doesn’t matter if an animal is killed, shot, or hit by a vehicle. For one, this is an ignorant view. Our world is balanced. One thing can affect another, and if one species is gone it will impact other species. Sometimes it’s a good thing for the species, sometimes it’s a bad thing. It would be great for rodents if all predatory birds went extinct. It wouldn’t be so great for the rodents that it would be bad for us. While some species may go extinct, it doesn’t necessarily cause a major disruption to the balance. Multiple extinctions can lead to major problems. When animals are attacked, those who don’t hold animals in high regard will often become angry. I must die because that animal attacked me! They would not even think about the possibility of being held responsible for their entry into the woods that day. It is important to be aware of all dangers when people go into the woods. This applies to any natural environment we are consciously allowed to enter, even if we know we might be attacked by a shark or a bear.
An episode of Worlds Most Amazing Video, or perhaps the Most Extreme, in which an elephant ran wild through Mexico’s streets was a memory I will never forget. If I recall correctly, the elephant was performing in a circus and turned on his trainer, killing him. Then, he began running around the streets. The elephant was eventually shot to death on the street. That was fine by me, the animal had to go. The only thing I had a problem with was the comment made by the show’s bonehead commentator. He said, “This is tragic, but let’s remember why it was necessary.” Although it may not have been his exact words, the message is clear. Because it was a rampaging beast, the elephant had to be killed! This is so ignorant! This was a ridiculous statement, and it made me curse at my TV set. True, the elephant did indeed kill his trainer. The elephant was also out of control. These are the only valid points. Who thought that the elephant shouldn’t have been there? Circuses are not the right place for elephants, and neither is a zoo. A zoo’s only purpose should be to rescue injured animals or shelter endangered animals.
Wild animals are wild. The only mistake in the elephant situation was that we thought we could control or tame this elephant. We can do it. We can. But should we? If an animal in a circus or zoo attacks someone, then I don’t want to hear it. I will not be sympathetic. Animals belong in the wild. It doesn’t matter how domesticated or tame they may appear. There is always the chance that they will attack for reasons that are not important. It is hard enough to understand why people do the things that they do. It is not something I want to have daily to try and figure out the thoughts of an elephant, bear, or shark.
I used to go to zoos when I was younger. I was 21 when I last visited a zoo. It was at Busch Gardens or Disney’s the Wild Kingdom. 31 years old, I have never been to a Zoo since. I don’t believe in zoos and I won’t go back to them again. It is absurd to take wild animals and put them in cages for entertainment. What number of people would be happy to be kept in an enclosure? I don’t care if it is comfortable or natural. Then, we are told that we cannot leave. It is not common, but it doesn’t matter if we aren’t talking about humans. They were meant to be free in the wild. We cannot hold animals responsible for placing them in situations they do not instinctually belong in. We are the only ones who can be held responsible for animal attacks in circuses and zoos. The owner of the circus or zoo is not the only one responsible for animal attacks. They are the ones who pay the entry fee for dangerous animals. It’s all about responsibility. Too often, we are unwilling to take on some of this responsibility.
Animals are not subject to the same rules as humans. We get mad when someone wrongs us. We love those we love. The human mind can experience a variety of emotions, including jealousy, happiness, and sadness as well as anger and fear. Also, we can plot and plan. We may want to inflict harm on another person if someone makes us angry or jealous. Animals don’t think like this, but I often hear people trying to blame human motivations for animal attacks. Real-life isn’t Lady and the Tramp or Over the Hedge. Animals don’t think like humans. Animals are only interested in eating, sleeping, pooping, and peeing. They are only interested in the life process from the moment they are born until the time they die.
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