Ashamed To Be Human …

It seems that the majority of people around the globe share a belief that the human species is somehow superior to all others (I think it traces back to that opposable thumb thing) and that all other species were put on earth simply for the convenience and pleasure of humankind.  Well, guess what … in my most humble opinion (and humility is obviously not my strong suit) those folks are wrong!

Every time I see a picture or an article about a hunter who is proudly displaying a dead animal, claiming that he is a big, tough man … picture Tarzan beating his chest and emitting sounds … I cringe as my stomach churns.  When I hear of animals being killed simply because they had become an ‘inconvenience’ to humans, I want to throw things.  But the story that crossed my path last night brought tears and rendered me unable to speak for several minutes.  The headline says it all …

A Kangaroo Wouldn’t Hop — So Zoo Visitors Stoned It To Death

It happened in China, but it could have been anywhere on the globe.  The kangaroo — a 12-year-old female whose name is not known — was not hopping enough to amuse spectators at the Fuzhou Zoo late last February, so someone picked up a rock. Others followed suit.  Zoo workers tried to stop the massacre and even quickly removed all the rocks from the immediate area, but people then started removing bricks from the pavement to throw at the kanga.  By the time zookeepers rescued the kangaroo from the crowd, her foot was nearly severed.  Veterinarians tried to save her, and she survived for several days before succumbing to internal bleeding.

But the Fuzhou stonings didn’t end with that kangaroo’s death. Just a few weeks later, visitors attacked and injured a five-year-old kangaroo for similar reasons. It survived.

In Russia in 2016, a group of men used two large off-road trucks to repeatedly run down a brown bear who posed no threat to the men … they did it, apparently, for sheer entertainment, and even captured the incident on video, where the men in the truck can be heard yelling, “Squash him!  Squash him!”.  After driving the truck back and forth over the animal, which attempts to get up, the men can be heard saying, “It’s still alive” and seen poking it with a metal rod.

Last December, three Florida men shot a shark with a revolver, then tied to the back of a motorboat and dragged through the waves until it died.  They, too, made a video of their cruelty.

My purpose in relating these stories?  Tomorrow, friends, is Earth Day.  Earth.  The only planet that can sustain human life.  A planet comprised of many eco-systems that work hand-in-hand to provide food, water, and natural resources to sustain life.  Not just human life, but all life.  Humans were not the first species to appear on planet earth, and it is foolish arrogance to believe that all other creatures on this planet are somehow inferior, or that they are here only for the convenience of mankind.

Quite honestly, based on man’s treatment of the rest of the animal kingdom, based on the sampling of stories above, I would have to say that humans, despite their opposable thumbs, are significantly inferior to other species.  We have the ability to take care of our planet and all its inhabitants.  We have brains that are capable of figuring out how to maintain our planet, to keep other species from becoming extinct.  But instead, we use those brains to find more methods for cruelty and destruction.  I can honestly say that being human is not something I’m very proud of at this moment.

76 thoughts on “Ashamed To Be Human …

  1. Human being is the product of his immidiate irrational desires, and he has went to the extent to subordinate the other species who have the same right to exit on this earth.
    As human beings have not created this land , It is the original inheritance of animals who have evolved to become a more rational creature but eventually turned into a evil of the time with narrower interests who is busy in conquering the lives of his predecessors.

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  2. Those shameful people are more wild animals than human beings. There’s a mean streak in some people. These were cowards and bullies. I’d be willing to bet that those who hunt wild animals for sport probably are also cowards and bullies. It’s shameful. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • I fully agree with all you say! People like the Trump boys who hunt wild game are not the big, brave hunters they would have us believe. The animals they kill are confined to a few square miles, if that, and they have a guide who takes them by the hand, helps them find the animals, and then helps them kill them without being injured. And, the animals have no high-powered rifles with night-vision scopes! It makes me ill, but this stoning of the kangaroo just broke my heart … still does every time I think about it.

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  3. As I read this heartbreaking piece, Jill, it occurred to me that homo sapiens learns very slowly. People have been hunting and fishing for sport for millennia – and only recently are other people calling the practice into question. Yes, we will be ridding this beautiful planet of our kind very soon.

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    • Well, y’know … to the extent that mankind is providing food, I am ambivalent about hunting and fishing. But when it is done for naught but sport or to prove one’s manhood, then I see a very real problem. Animals hunt and fish to fill their bellies, as do humans, and I think if we all acted with good conscience, taking only what we need, it would probably be fine. But … when I see things like this … it breaks my heart. I think there is something very wrong with a person who would kill a kanga for not hopping. And I have nightmares when I think of the pictures of the Trump boys with the Cheetah they killed, and that dentist who killed Cecil the Lion. The night I wrote this piece, I deleted 11 people from my Facebook ‘friends’ list because I know they are hunters … hunters only for sport, to prove something to the world. To me, they have only proven they are assholes and I can no longer call them friends. Sigh. Hugs, John!

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  4. I feel this deeply. For a long time now, I have been convinced that animals are more intelligent than people. I arrived at this conclusion after watching several Nat Geo videos, which I love too much. Animals do not need us. We need them. The earth was made for them. They were here first. Their adaptability to the environment is unequalled. I watched a BBC video about animal homes. I’m still speechless when I remember it. Beavers are practically hydroengineers; ants build civilizations, and they have air conditioning; army ants are very disciplined soldiers; and there are fish that jump out of the water and catch birds in the air with mind-boggling accuracy. Even insects are superior when it comes to survival. What animals achieve at their various levels is too superior to what humans have achieved, considering how much pain and death and curses go into human achievements. The idea that animals are stupid is too stupid.
    I helped a chameleon cross the road on Saturday 21st April. A small chameleon. I was afraid it woud be squashed by a car. So I just guided it to the opposite side. Luckily, only two cars passed in that duration. I felt happier than I have felt in a long time.

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    • Thank you for such a heartfelt comment! I agree with you … in many ways, animals are far superior to most humans on this planet. And animals take only what they need, whereas humans take as much as they can, even though they have no idea what to do with it. Humans waste so much that they are destroying the earth.

      You did a wonderful thing, helping the chameleon, and that tells me that you have a good heart! Thank you!

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    • It depends how you define intelligence , I think you mean more sensible in their ways and life-style. There is one mammal that rivals man in its survival instinct but partly because it has used mankind’s development to its own advantage . The rat : hated and abhored , adapted to live in the sewers, omnivorous and much faster at breeding than ourselves. If our civilisation fragments in this century the rat is waiting in the wings it does not need electricity , supermarkets , motor cars, central heating , hospitals and all that delicate paraphernalia that cements us together.

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      • And … if you think about it … the time may well come sooner than we like to think, when we will find out if we actually need those supermarkets , motor cars, central heating , hospitals and electricity, or if we are still capable of innovation. Perhaps that will be what separates the givers from the takers? Sigh. Overlook me … it is one of those nights …

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  5. Somewhere in homo sapiens DNA is a gene for empathy. That gene makes it possible for all of us to co-exist. Like a dark twin though, our gene pool also contains a gene for no-empathy. It comes in varying strengths from simple self-centredness to full blown psychopathy, but it’s always evidenced by casual cruelty.

    People who torture animals are just one small step away from torturing their fellow human beings.

    The dinosaurs survived for millions of years as the dominant species. I don’t think homo sapiens will last anywhere near that long.

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    • No, homo sapiens are already on the path to extinction for their failure to take care of their own environment, and with the advent of nuclear weaponry in the last century, we have the tools in our grubby little paws to eradicate ourselves in a matter of days, if not hours. Next time ’round, I’m going to be a wolf. 🐺

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        • 🤣 🤣 🤣 The mosquito option! You made me laugh for the first time all day!!! How awful … you’d likely be swatted on somebody’s sweaty neck before you were a week old!!! Come back as a fox … we can be friends, I promise! 🐺🦊

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            • I am never quite sure if I believe in reincarnation or not. I know I don’t believe in the heaven/hell scenario, so that leaves either reincarnation or nothingness. I used to think i wanted desperately to come back as a human, for I knew that there would still be things left to accomplish, books left to read, etc., and I hoped to finish my job the next time ’round. But, in the past three years, I have changed my mind. Once I die, I will wash my hands of the human race and be a wolf. If that is my option. Otherwise, I will just be a bunch of ashes sprinkled amongst the trees in the forest. Either way is alright with me. 😀

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              • Yeah, I feel much the same. I used to hate the idea of death until I realised that it’s actually a kind of necessary good, if that makes any sense. It gives meaning to life and hopefully, makes us appreciate every moment more. I think that’s partly why I get so angry at all the senseless gun deaths, esp. the ones that seem to be the result of poor anger management. Have a fight with a friend? Don’t go away and think about it, maybe realise a compromise is possible. No, whip out your trusty handgun and shoot them on the spot. Instant relief. That is what makes /me/ want to hurt someone. That is the death I hate. 😦

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                • And this is exactly why guns do not belong in the hands of every Tom, Dick and Harry — we are all human with human frailties, and one of those is a quick temper. I have one myself, and would not trust myself with a gun at all. But, sigh, I think some consider it a sign of strength. True strength has nothing to do with guns, knives or any other weapon, but some are too stupid to see that.

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                  • Amen! For too long we’ve allowed the idea of courage and strength to be hijacked by memes of men with guns. Courage is about doing the right thing despite fear. It does not mean being unafraid. 😦

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                    • You are so right! I was very impressed with the Toronto police officer a few days ago who, when facing a criminal, actually put his gun away and arrested the man without injuring, maiming or killing him. I wanted to shout, “See, Baltimore??? It CAN be done right!!!” Society is regressing, dear friend.

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                    • Yeah … the one in Toronto, the suspect yelled at the officer, “Shoot me!!!”, and it was at that point that the officer stopped, holstered his gun and got out his baton, which he did NOT even use. And then did you hear about the man who stopped the Waffle House shooter? Just a customer, with no gun, but he bravely took charge and stopped the guy. Now he has set up a fund for the victims of the shooting. Hmmmm … maybe I’ll make him my ‘good people’ next Wednesday! 😉

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                    • God, that really is courage isn’t it? If only the media would push /these/ examples to the forefront of people’s minds, maybe we could change the whole mindset that feeds the ‘need’ for guns.

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                    • To their credit, the media have reported pretty widely on both of these stories. Not Fox, of course, but the more legitimate sources have.

                      You know what i would love to see? I would love to see the main sources here, WaPo and NYT, ignore Trump for about 3 straight days. Not a photo, not a cartoon, not a tweet … not a word about him. His ego would be destroyed! He would be going off the wall!

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                    • He would, indeed! It might even cause him to do something stupid enough to finally open some eyes … think about that! His ego dominates his behaviour … always. If nobody is paying attention to him … might he just melt down?

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  6. It is the price humans pay for intelligence that bestows them with a moral nature. Animals kill for food or territory and in some cases to propagate their genes but they are never cruel. A male lion may kill clubs that don’t belong to him so only his own genes are passed on.
    Animals do not enjoy killing it is just a necessity , part of survival. The only animal I can think of that seems to enjoy killing and treats it as a game is the domestic cat ; it plays with the mouse until it dies, perhaps it is connected with its domestication it is generally well fed.
    Just as we have humans of low moral character who enjoy torturing animals and in some cases other humans we have many who spend effort , time and money caring for animals and many nations have RSPCA organisations.
    In Christian nations there is a general teaching that animals are in existence to please mankind , although this has been adjusted in the last few decades to be spoken of as kindly custodianship. There is still much debate about the Muslim slaughterhouses which practice halal killing and of course the Muslims arch enemies Jews who also have the dubious kosher slaughter.

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    • Years ago we had neighbors who had a fairly rambunctious son, 2-3 years old. They bought him a puppy … a beagle. He carried it around by the neck, and I said to the mother, “he is going to kill that puppy!” She replied that they had gotten it from a friend whose dog had given birth to a litter, and that if Junior killed that one, they could always go get one of the others. That dog was naught but a toy, a plaything to keep Junior occupied. It wasn’t a life, to them. That was, perhaps, my first realization of how insensitive, cruel and arrogant people were capable of being.

      Our family consists of 3 humans and 7 moggies. They are family, they are not pets, we do not own them, but rather we accept responsibility for their well-being, as they cannot always do so themselves. One of the 7 is autistic and we have to cajole her to eat. At the slightest sound, she will run under the sofa and not come out until the next day. So, at feeding time, we all sit very quietly while she eats, practically holding our breath, until she has eaten her fill. We do this out of love. And at the same time, others are killing animals for sport or entertainment. I will never understand.

      Granted, there is a disconnect in the fact that I do eat beef and chicken, and obviously some animals were harmed in order that i be able to do so. I never used to think about it, but these days, as more and more of my friends are turning toward vegan or vegetarian, I do think about it, and I wonder if it makes me a hypocrite.

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      • Hypocrite can be applied , like so many labels we bandy around, to almost anyone at times. Humans are complex beings they can be selfish , cruel and also generous and kind , these labels can apply to the same person at different times. It it why politicians search for the dirt to discredit ; do they ever search for the good? A vegan deserts his children and makes off with another man’s wife ? A man given to charity secretly visits a brothel because desire overcomes him. When the chips are down I expect you err on the good side and I hope I do.
        ‘ The evil that men do lives after them , the good is oft interred within their bones,’

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        • I try, my friend, as I know you do. I guess none of us are perfect, but when we use that as an excuse to stop striving to be better, then I think we have a problem. When we stop pondering and asking ourselves if something is ‘the right thing to do’, then we have a problem. There are many, many grey areas, but …. when people stone a kanga to death in a zoo because it wouldn’t hop enough to suit them … that is no grey area … that is just evil.

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  7. How often I have wished an alien species 1000 times bigger than humans would come to earth and just stroll around for awhile. People I have said this to seriously think they would notice us, and intentionally not step on us. I laugh at their folly. We are at least a thousand times bigger than most bugs, and we step on them everydaky, unintentionally, but often intentionally too. We play god with the lives of insects. What we do to microbes is even worse.
    But most people are convinced no one would do that to us, because we are “intelligent.” As if that makes a difference somehow. Do we know that bugs are not intelligent? Ants build cities. Bees work together for a common good. Are those not signs of intelligence? Not according to most people. And that is exactly how my fantasy aliens would treat us. They probably would not have 1 head, two arms, and two legs, so they would be looking for living beings that look like them. We would be just so many bugs to them.
    I don’t know which word would best dexcribes us, but homo-centric or human-centric would come close. Yes, that is how amazingly stupid we are.
    I can only hope that someday we will learn. ..

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    • Humans do, indeed, have an inflated sense of self-worth. I’m with you … I’d like to see the human race put in its place, shown that we are no more, no less than any other species. Frankly, I have more respect for most other species, for they do not kill for superficial reasons as humans do, but that is a whole ‘nother topic for another day. For what it’s worth … I never intentionally kill bugs or spiders, but allow them to crawl onto a piece of paper and then release them outdoors. That said, one of the kitties, Booker T Washington — Boo for short — likes to pull the legs off of crickets that are brave enough to venture into our house.

      Homo-centric says it all … we think the universe revolves around us and exists solely for our viewing pleasure. Now you are YOU, my friend?

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      • I’m glad we don’t have crickets up here. I remember when I lived in the southern part of Canada, and my cats did the same thing. It made me sick–but at least they ate them afterwards.
        It took me a few years to get my partner to call me when she found bugs in the house so I could carry them outside before she killed them. It was like pulling teeth. But now she calls me without hesitation.she doesn’t understand it, but at least she goes along with it. Even flying insects get shown the door.

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        • No crickets up there? I didn’t know that! Too cold? Yes, I stop Boo if I catch him while the poor little cricket still has a chance at life, otherwise I stomp it and put it out of its misery. My girls are the same … they would sooner stomp a bug and be done with it, but … I simply cannot. They usually yell for me when they find one, but the other day I got in trouble, for there was a large-ish spider … probably 3 inches in diameter including legs, and as I was trying to lure him onto a paper, he scuttled behind the bookcase, and now the girls are constantly on the lookout for him. I suspect he either exited somehow or met an untimely death in the middle of one night in an encounter with one of the seven moggies. 😥

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          • If I may suggest something to you, keep a pint ceiler and a folded piece of paper handy. When you see something, especially flying bugs, put the ceiler over the insect and set it down ehen you can do so without hurting its legs and antennae. Then slip the paper under the opening until the ceiler is sitting on the paper. Pick up the two items together, one in each hand, and turn them over so the paper is tight to the glass and can be held together with one hand. Transport to the nearest door and St down outside. Remove the paper. If the bug doesn’t leave on its own after a few minutes, shake it out.
            It doesmn’t take many times doing this to get good at it. The insect is not harmed in any way, and it works everytime. You may find it a bit harder to cove the bug if it is sitting on a window, but know that most flyers take off backwards, so that if you approach it l from behind they will generally fly right into the ceiler. Parctic makes perfect. Spiders tend to curl into balls when scared, which makes this method easier and safer.
            And there is no fear of the bug jumping off the paper when it is closed in. Hope this helps with the spider if you see it again.
            As far as the crickets go, yes, I think winters are too cold and long for them to survive. Not to mention very hungry birds, lol.

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            • A great idea! Thanks rawgod! We rarely, for some reason, get flying insects in the house, though I always plant flowers in my little patch of yard in front, and the bees love the flowers, especially the sunflowers, but they rarely venture into the house. I water the flowers every morning, and always stop to talk to the bees. The bumblebees will come right up to my nose and hover there, as if they are listening to my every word! I love them! My neighbors think I am crazy, but who cares, right?

              You are sounding a bit better … what’s the latest on any potential surgery?

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              • Still waiting for the surgeons to decide how they are going to deal with it. But they need a 5 surgeon consensus on how to do this, because my body is different from most people’s bodies, and I am designated a difficult case. To finish that thought, they have not had a meeting since early Feb because they cannot get 5 surgeons together at one time. There are a number of patients waiting for this to happen, but so far none of us are getting anywhere…

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                  • April showers are supposed to bring May flowers. What happens when you get no showers in April?
                    Find a map of Alberta, go NNNW from Edmonton. Stop your finger when you get to High Level. That’s me.

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                    • Well, we should have so many flowers that I will be glad I accidentally ordered a years’ supply of inhalers in May!!! 😀 Oh my! I follow a blog called Northier than Thou, but in truth, you are really ‘northier’ than almost anybody! Keep warm, dear friend!

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                    • I try. Just so’s you know, there are tens of thousands of people northier than I, and we all manage to keep warm (most of the time). But thank you for the kind thought.

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                    • Do you not find that the cold bothers you more as you get older? I do … where it used to be just a sigh, another layer of clothing, and get on with it, now I find myself turning the thermostat up, donning thermal underwear, a sweatshirt, thick socks and a soft fuzzy blanket, and still I shake with the chill.

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                    • Fortunately, for me, I seem to be more used to the extremes of weather. I dress the same way winter and summer, except my winter jacket is a heavier version of my summer jacket. But that is probably my native blood. My non-native-blooded friends do seem to be more sensitive than I, but that’s probably just in my mind. Most likely, despite our similar ages, I probably just haven’t reached that spot yet. Only time will tell…

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                    • I do imagine your native blood plays a part in it, and also, I think it is what you get used to. I remember years ago, we were having a blizzard, temps around 0 (F), and my mother, who lived in southern Texas at the time, called me to tell me that it was soooooo cold there … it had dropped down to 60 degrees!!! As I recall, I hung up on her! 😀

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                    • I love it! I have always wanted to send pictures to Californians and Floridians of me in shorts in 3 feet of snow, while they are huddled in parkas at 60 degrees. Poor babies, lol.
                      But, yup, it is what you are used to. One of my favourite sayings is, Everything is relative…

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  8. Does make your stomach turn, doesn’t it… Years ago I read a book called A Girl Named Sooner written by Suzanne Clauser. In it Sooner rescued a bird but it could no longer fly, so she kept it as a pet. Then one day she took it to school for Show & Tell and the kids wanted to see it fly at recess. Said they didn’t think it could. So Sooner, wanting to be accepted, got Bird out of the cage and put it on the ground. Well you can guess — the kids threw rocks at it to get it to fly and killed it. I have never forgotten that book. That incident made me cry and cry. (There’s a TV movie of this book as well.) I had gotten it from the library, but I finally tracked it down and have a copy… (which now that I think of it I lent to my sister a couple years ago and she’s never returned it!)

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    • I remember seeing that movie years ago and it broke my heart! I shed many tears over man’s inhumanity to man, but when humans mistreat animals … it absolutely torments me. They bring us so much joy, if only we let them … why anybody would hurt one I will never understand. Sigh. 😥

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  9. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘A Kangaroo Wouldn’t Hop – So Zoo Visitors Stoned It To Death’ … I’m ashamed too!!
    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” – Mahatma Gandhi
    We have not learned a thing!!

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