It's nice that tagging the whales is "probably" harmless, but, with all due
respect, that misses the point.
To tag an animal is to display ownership of an animal. It is an act of
disrespect that says that wildlife is ours to use, exploit or abuse as we
wish. It seems that every time we humans, in our arrogance, try to "manage"
wildlife we wind up destroying wildlife. Tagging and taking tissue samples
from animals who cannot consent to such acts continues to send that wrong
message. Those who really care for animals, like Jane Goodall, study
wildlife without tagging or otherwise interfering with it. That's what
respect is all about.
If you think that tagging and taking tissue samples from animals who cannot
consent is acceptable, consider your reaction if I tagged or took a tissue
sample from you without consent. You would be outraged that I had violated
your human rights, and properly so. Since laws exist to protect humans but
not animals, you would probably have me arrested and then sue me as well.
And you'd be right to do so. Similarly, performing such acts on other
species who cannot consent should be a violation of their right to live free
from tampering by humans. Let's fact it, tagging and taking tissue samples
is rarely done in the best interest of the animals but, usually, is done in
the best interest of "scientists" who are more interested in their own
careers than in animals. Most scientists come closest to animals when they
are on their dinner plates. Thus, Japanese scientists "study" whales by
killing them in continuing and illegal whale hunts.
So, let's not confuse human arrogance and self-interest with an animals
interest in being respected and left alone in protected habitat. You can't
respect wildlife and "tag" it at the same time. To do so is like performing
vivisection on animals and then claiming that it is being done in the best
interest of the animal, despite the risks and pain to the animal.
The scientists' alleged motive in tagging is really not the issue. The
issue is: When will we arrogant humans learn that animals are not ours to
use or abuse. If you want the answer to be "now," go vegan!
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 7:53 PM
Subject: Re: [SFVeg] Government plans to tag whales in Sacramento River by
Whoa! Before jumping on the band wagon with this. Please realize that they
are trying to help the animals and ascertain the mothers well-being. Be
assured that with the thick layer of blubber on the whale, it is probably
harmless. This is a common practice to get tissue samples from marine
I have seen many samples obtained this way. It is not as scary as it
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