Recent events with a giraffe in Denmark have sparked a debate on Animal Rights that ranges from a variety of different sources.
Marius the giraffe was 18 months old and housed at the Copenhagen Zoo, when Marius’s genes were considered insufficient for their breeding program Marius was shot and killed. He was then dissected and fed to the lions in front of a large crowd. All this happened despite having offers from another zoo, as well as an international petition which received roughly 27,000 signatures.
This event has sparked widespread concern on how animals are treated throughout the world. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) came out with a statement shortly after the giraffe’s death…
“Zoos breed animals in an effort to keep drawing in paying visitors—yet often, there’s nowhere to put the offspring as they grow. Breeding programs serve no true conservation purpose because giraffes and other animals born in zoos are rarely, if ever, returned to their natural habitats. PETA urges everyone who genuinely cares about animals to avoid zoos and instead donate to campaigns that actually protect animals in their native habitats.”
PETA attempts to raise awareness on animal cruelty throughout the world through various means, such as campaigns, celebrity promotions, legislation, etc. They are trying to focus their work on four major areas, factory farms, laboratories, clothing trade, and entertainment industry.
Another group which focuses on animal rights is Greenpeace. Greenpeace focuses on protecting oceans and ancient forests, as well as attempting to stop global warming.
“We defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions”.
Read more: http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/
Blackfish, the documentary on Sea World that recently make its appearance on the news and other media outlets, has made many people start to understand more of how animals in captivity are mistreated. What made the documentary so effective was its ability to lay the facts down and let the audience interpret the information for themselves. It has helped raise awareness and continue to help the cause on animal rights.
Another movie which raised awareness on animal rights, and animal slaughter was “The Cove” which made its debut in 2009. It brought up Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter in Taiji, which has been protested many times. The annual dolphin hunt kills about 100 dolphins, they are led into a cove and from there killed and slaughtered. The rest of the dolphins stay in the cove until the slaughter is over most of the time not being fed. This has sparked major debates and although held as a long standing tradition in Japan many want it to stop.
Should animal slaughter be even more regulated? Should the continuation of zoos/wildlife entertainment parks continue to be allowed to mistreat the animals? How can it be stopped?
Join in the debate this Wednesday at Pizza & Politics!