We have a duty to an­i­mals

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I have read the story “14-yearold girl drowns af­ter try­ing to save a dog in Ed­mon­ton,” pub­lished in The Guardian on July 24. I felt ex­tremely sor­row­ful af­ter read­ing this news, and I was deeply moved by the girl’s brav­ery of res­cu­ing the trapped dog.

There is also a lovely and cute dog in my fam­ily and we have lived to­gether for ap­prox­i­mately a decade. Al­though I have left her for ap­prox­i­mately 18 months, and this may con­tinue for the fol­low­ing few years be­cause I am study­ing abroad, I nat­u­rally can­not help miss­ing her ev­ery time I en­counter pets.

It was greatly warm-hearted of the teenager to res­cue the dog. If every­one per­forms as hero­ically as this ado­les­cent, there will be less ex­tinc­tion of species.

The man­u­fac­turer of the well­known out­er­wear jacket Canada Goose, how­ever, an­nu­ally hunts a large num­ber of an­i­mals liv­ing in frigid ar­eas. Their furs are cru­elly and blood­ily peeled and then trans­ported to fac­to­ries to be pro­cessed, just for the pur­pose of keep­ing heat in win­ter. The deal­ers fo­cus mainly on the pur­suit of max­i­mum ben­e­fits, not tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the en­vi­ron­ment and the feel­ings of others.

It is com­mon knowl­edge that hu­man be­ings can­not live with­out the ac­com­pa­ni­ment of other crea­tures, such as an­i­mals, plants, or micro­organ­isms, all of which share and en­joy the same Earth.

Since this is the case, why should hu­mans mo­nop­o­lize re­sources, leav­ing only a tiny por­tion to others? Hu­mans can ben­e­fit in the short term, while in the long run this will be de­struc­tive. Gov­ern­ments should fig­ure out fea­si­ble strate­gies to boy­cott the hunt­ing of en­dan­gered species of an­i­mals.

Ben Wang,

UPEI Stu­dent

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