Defenders of Wildlife

Wildlife can teach

Wildlife can teach

I can literally think of thousands of reasons why protecting wildlife is important to me, so I will try to explain without writing a novel. Have you ever seen a heard of deer by a river grazing or looked into a deer's big brown eyes and "talked" to it so that it started eating from your hand? (I don't mean a deer in a deer park either). Have you ever fed squirrels often enough that they got used to you and started "chattering" with you? Have you ever seen a mother raccoon hit by a car and later find her 4 babies on your porch looking at you with such sadness, like "What are we going to do now?" Have you ever seen a whale or a school of dolphins in the middle of the ocean during a sunrise or sunset or better yet, been swimming with dolphins in the ocean? Have you ever ridden a camel through the Sahara Desert, sat on an elephant or petted a tiger? Have you ever watched a beaver build a dam or just sat in a boat in the middle of a lake and watch eagles soaring and landing? I have to the above plus a lot more. Those are experiences that one does not forget and I cannot describe any of those situations in a few words or less if I could even try. They were all Kodak moments, but the moment can only be captured in my memory. If this country keeps going at the rate it is now, future generations will not be able to share those same experiences. They would be missing a vital part of life. We all get so busy in our lives that we don't take the time to "Stop and Smell the Roses" as the old song goes. Even something as simple as watching a butterfly brings a different, good meaning to each person.

If people were more educated regarding wildlife, many more lives could be saved. Animals tell people things, but we don't always listen. A good example of this would be the herds of elephants running from the area of the Tsunami. If people knew this was a strange behavior, maybe more lives could have been saved. I can tell by a certain way a horse or even a cow runs, that a bad storm is coming and to seek shelter immediately. Animals have been telling us for years that our environment has been getting worse. Unfortunately, no one of authority has listened. It all boils down to politics and corporate greed, neither of which will do our country any good when it is completely devastated. How many more thousands of lives is it going to take? We have all this technology, but do we know how to use it accurately to predict things such as disasters or tell when things are wrong with our environment? No we do not or if we do, we are too late. One thing we do go by is the way animals act or when our wildlife start dying by our waterways, mountains, etc. which tells us that something is wrong. Every time man destroys a natural habitat or a species, he is destroying a creation of God. What right do we have to do that? Wildlife has just as much a right to be on this planet as a human does. In my opinion, they have more of a right than people do, considering a lot of people in our society any more. Many of the wildlife forms do NOT cause any harm to people. There are many documented stories out there about how a form of wildlife has actually saved people from freezing to death, etc. But what do we do as a society? We try to destroy them or ruin their habitats. Shame on us! And for what? Politics, big corporations and money! Very sad indeed. May God help those who cannot see what is right before their eyes; the powerful beauty of any living thing, domesticated or wild.


 

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