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 all.
- 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.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)