Humanity being good stewards of plants and animals is vital to their survival.
The Australian Aborigines are animists who believe all things have spirit which recycle between the “Dreamtime” and the material world through a process of reincarnation. The Aborigine believes that whereas many spirits become plant or animal that the spirit that becomes human has the special role of guardian over the plants and animals where it is born.
Many religions also have beliefs where a creator being has placed humanity in a role of steward over all plants and animals on behalf of that being. The scientist increasingly are becoming aware that every plant and animal plays a part in the health of an ecosystem, each interdependent upon the other, a chain that if it were to break would be sickening to the ecosystem as a whole. It is obvious that humanity is dependent for life on healthy ecosystems.
Yesterday I signed a petition against the mistreatment of cows in Europe who suffer in confined spaces and are in poor condition. Milk cows are treated as milk machines for profit. The farmers forgot cows are sentient beings that suffer.
On the same day the UK government announced they would be massacring thousands of badgers this summer in an unscientific and expensive operation to protect dairy cattle from TB. All the decision maker sees is an animal that is hitting their profit margin and their answer is to kill that animal. The same UK government decided to support the continued use of pesticides in Britain that is linked to the destruction of bee populations, since this method is more profitable to use.
The newspapers reported a family of fox cubs shot to death by game keepers in a nature reserve because the land owner wished to protect his stock of pheasants and partridges ready for the shooting season by his fee paying customers. The fox was seen as a financial liability to profit, and its life exterminated accordingly.
The rising prosperity of the nations of Asia including China has seen a boom in status symbols made of ivory. One report on WordPress yesterday was of an abundant 40,000 elephant population in one nation collapse with 10,000 killed by poachers for their ivory. Now entire elephant herds are systematically massacred in one day by machine gun to harvest the ivory to sell on for profit.
One can note a trend in this modern-day paradigm that profit is supreme, and all animals, plants as well as fellow human beings are commodities to be exploited for maximum profit. A cow, badger, bee, fox or elephant has as much meaning as a can of coke, to be used and thrown. Nobody cares about the suffering or the meaningless waste of life of animals as longs as profit is made.
I am treated with contempt, with no respect in consumer society for believing that animals and plants should be treated with dignity, kindness and in a sustainable way. Exploitation for profit is the rule of the game, I am treated as deluded and stupid for thinking otherwise.
Damn them! I say each one of us are stewards with responsibility for the animals and plants in our community. In any ecosystem be it forest, lake or garden every plant and animal can be considered a stakeholder since they benefit from, and participate in that ecosystem, thus should they have a say in that ecosystem on an equal basis as humanity? Often we let outsiders with no stake in the environmental assets in our own backyard to come in to exploit and destroy those ecosystems we should be stewards in. It is time to rethink our role in this world as stewards rather than as irresponsible consumers since sustainability through good stewardship can be the difference between our living or dying as a species.