The image in the top left corner is an Inuit hunter
Indigenous people usually demand the right to hunt, without restriction, since they did
300 years ago. They claim an innate intuitive wisdom of conservation,
vastly superior to that of wildlife scientists.
I say no. Why?
- Populations are much higher today. Wildlife cannot sustain pressure from so many people.
- Weapons and fishing gear are much more efficient today. Wildlife cannot sustain the pressure
from such advanced hunting.
- We are all equal. Indigenous people do not deserve special privilege based on the behaviour
of our distant ancestors.
- We did not know 300 years ago that whales had brains many times the
size of ours, and that they have complex social lives. We should no longer be killing them at
- The standards for acceptable animal cruelty have changed drastically over the last three
centuries. King Louis XIV used to burn bags full of cats for his sadistic amusement. It is absurd
to try to revert to ancient standards. When we do, we become an international pariah.
- Indigenous people are almost as susceptible to the same foibles as anyone else, including
greed, wishful thinking and short-sightedness. They are human too. There is no evidence for their
claimed ecological perfection.
- Indigenous people argue that they are poor and could not survive without the meat. This is
short-term thinking. Driving species extinct means no meat at all in future.
So I say that indigenous people should hunt, humanely, like anyone else, with scientifically
determined quotas, like anyone else.
Google has insisted I remove all images of the Iraq war and torture at Abu Ghraib from this
website. If I do not, they will block my ad revenue which I use to fund my
(Internet Service Provider
bill. Google offers no way to talk to a human to negotiate, so I have decided to split mindprod.com
in two. The controversial stuff will go on a new ad-free site called
. The technical sections will remain on mindprod.com
will have Google Adsense ads
will not. Splitting is a surprisingly labour-intensive
undertaking. For now, you should not notice any difference.
Life in the Dolphin Lane
Imagine going to a cocktail party with 200 guests, each zooming around at
65 km/hr (40.39 mph)
and maintaining a conversation with each of the guests simultaneously, all talking at once. Dolphins do it all the
time. One trick they use to help sort it all out is putting the name of the recipient on the front of each phrase,
much the way a computer does when talking on a LAN (Local Area Network). The closest a human would come is sitting on
a bus texting with many friends at once.
~ Roedy (born:1948-02-04 age:68)
You are either an activist or an inactivist.
~ The Cove
2009 A documentary about Japan’s secret atrocities against dolphins.
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