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We love little critters when the real world gets too wild | Liam Williams

The excitement generated by the sighting of a pine marten reveals our contradictory attitude towards animalsLast week, a 25-second, low-quality video of a pine marten sniffing the ground caused a flurry of excitement in the media. My initial reaction to this story - as to all such ostensibly low-consequence, fauna-based stories - was: WHY IS THERE SO MUCH EXPOSURE BEING GIVEN TO THIS GLORIFIED RAT WHEN THERE IS REAL HUMAN SUFFERING AND INJUSTICE GOING ON IN THIS WORLD? Then, when I'd calmed down (and switched the letter case of my inner monologue), I determined the mass enthusiasm to be innocent enough, but struggled still to understand what was so important about one fuzzy little pine marten, even if it was the first live one to be spotted in Yorkshire for 35 years.I felt the same during the frenzy surrounding the deaths of Harambe, the Cincinatti gorilla shot needlessly by unfeeling man, and Cecil, the Zimbabwean lion shot needlessly by unfeeling man. On both those occasions, too, the outraged hysteria that gripped many of my Twitter followees seemed an over-reaction. Time will tell whether the North York Moors-based critter will join his mammalian confreres in the pantheon of wildlife memes; perhaps it will require him to be pointlessly shot first. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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