The nations gathered in Doha, Qatar, for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, rejected proposals that would have required countries to strictly regulate — but not ban — trade in several species of scalloped hammerhead, oceanic whitetip and spiny dogfish sharks. NYTWhat is very sad and shameful about all this destruction, is that - some of the wealthiest countries in the world are the most exploiters of wildlife:
- China is the largest consumer of shark fins; imagine - sharks are caught, their fins are removed and the rest of the fish is thrown; many times, all this - the cutting of the fins and the throwing of the shark back in to the water - is done while the shark is alive. What else can be as cruel and as wasteful as this? Why not ban this cruelty?
- Japan, even with the rapid decline in the numbers of whales and tuna, continues to mercilessly and aggressively fish for endangered whales and the bluefin tuna. Shamefully, Japan continues to hunt for whales while pretending that the whales are needed for lab testing purposes.
- In the US, wildlife trafficking and trade, is a multi-billion industry. The US, by far, continues to be the main destination for captured wild birds and animals; each day - wild birds and animals, many of which are on the endangered list, cross in to the United States, to be sold and inhumanely kept as 'pets'. The way these birds are trapped, captured and transported, is most cruel and barbaric; and the way, they are kept as 'pets' is a big shame to Americans. Shamefully too, parts of many animals like chopped elephant legs, turtle shells, bear paws and heads, tiger heads and skins, furs etc. - are used as decorations or as status symbols in America.
And George Orwell in 'Animal Farm' states: Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. Lord of all animals we are. But we have been a most unkind, brutal and merciless lord.