I was just writing about a peripheral aspect of this ethical inquiry to a school friend:
Learning of the “cascade effect” of wolves returning to Yellowstone revolutionized my dietary and ecological ethics; I realized there is a generative force of balance and creativity in the presence of predatory animals.
The entire ecosystem supports more biodiversity by the inclusion of wolves; they perform vital functions for ecological land change.
There is a premise belief that
natural systems left intact are more productive and resilient than land-clearing, even for intensive organic agriculture, yet that is within a context of market economics and antiquated technologies.
Kytko Žrout I totally agree with these:
Adopting orphans –
there is no doubt we are responsible for orphaned wildlife animal little ones because most of them are left alone due to their families were hunted down or mothers were killed in roadkill or eventually poisoned by pesticides or murdered during harvests or large scale grass mowing.
Psychological stress –
especially wildlife animals affected by fucking New year fireworks. No doubt about helping them.
Trapped animals –
yes, we are responsible for trapped animals as well. Elks (cervus elaphus) and other deer trapped in wire fences, foxes and hedgehogs trapped in fucking bottles or cans and many many more situations caused by civilization
Disease and poisoned –
most of roebuck (capreolus capreolus) population is poisoned by leaves of rapeseed. Nearly 1400 of them were poisoned in my region last year.Most of hunters/gamekeepers in my country are former workers of agricultural cooperatives existed during communist era of my country and they had acces to insecticid called Carbofuran. When I was young I could hear their chats during village balls (form of entertaiment, dancing): “Everything what has curved bird bill must be shot down or be eradicated by other ways.”
So I totally agree with this!
Again. Our civilized way of life is harming wildlife, causing them injuries. Car hits, high voltage power lines harming and killing buzzards (buteo buteo)
But I am little bit confused and concerned about:
Malnutrition and wildlife feeding –
as there is written “This can be done by administering contraceptives to the animals whose lives have been saved, so no one has to starve in order for their population not to grow.”
I cant agree with this. I know there is a vast destruction of wild habitats providing enough food and water to animals but I think this thing around contraceptives intervention is bad idea. But maybe I am wrong and I am asking for closer explanation.
And I can say, that gamekeepers in my country intensively feed wild boars, elks and roebucks during the winter season so their population grows exponentially. But the hunters and gamekeepers are happy because they can say they have to hunt them or they will destroy their own natural habitats. And the influence of agriculture providing corn and other food attractive for wildlife. Vicious circle.
there is case with vaccination in my country. There was intensive and large scale vaccination against rabies during 90s so the foxes stopped being naturally reduced by this disease so their population grow and our gamekeepers association decided to take an action and declared fox as year-around hunted vermin. But…
They don’t know nothing about fox ecology, etiology or even about hunter-prey relation.
So they have reduced fox population to the lowest possible numbers but they did not realize that other foxes will come from their territories to occupy new territories and they will have abundant food in increased population of rodents and as we know this increase was made by overhunting of previous fox population.
Or maybe I am wrong again so do not hesitate to correct me.