Silly Humans, Carrion is For Carnivores

Never before in the history of mammals have seven billion large, terrestrial, meat-eating members of one species ever single-handedly laid waste to so much of the Earth’s biodiversity. Human carnivorousness is killing the planet one species at a time, one ecosystem after another; one bison at a time, one wolf after another.

Every time you order a steak or grill a hamburger, you legitimize bison and wolf culling for the sake of livestock growers. If you really want to save the wolves and the bison, go vegan! And urge your friends and family and neighbors and co-workers to do the same.

Tell it to the world—it’s time to leave the predating to the predators!

Human beings can live much healthier on a plant-based diet, as their primate cousins always have. True carnivores, such as wolves, coyotes, cougars, marine mammals or members of the weasel family have to eat meat to survive. If you’re not willing to go vegan for your own health perhaps you could do it for the health of the planet; if not for the sake of the animals you eat, maybe for all the other species affected by your bill of fare.

Text and Wildlife Photography© Jim Robertson

Text and Wildlife Photography© Jim Robertson


12 thoughts on “Silly Humans, Carrion is For Carnivores

  1. while I see your assertion and understand it. saying that our primate cousins have always eaten a plant based diet is false. chimps our closest cousins, and bonobos their closesest relative all actively hunt and eat meat. there has also been recent photographic evidence that shows gorillas also eating meat.

    • While you’re right that chimps do on occasion kill and eat monkeys, that happens pretty rarely and always causes major strife within the group; greed and bloodlust aren’t the norm for them, but are part of their predatory ventures as suddenly the group has something to fight over. I haven’t heard of bonobos and gorillas eating meat, but if it ever happens it’s something way out of the ordinary for them. Monkeys and all other primates are plant eaters and although the genus Homo has a fairly long history of carnivism, our digestive tract is long compared to a carnivore’s, which causes many of the major health problems that plague the human species.

      • We aren’t chimps or gorillas or bonobos or baboons, even though we are related to them, so what they eat is of no relevance to us at this point. We cause harm to the earth by our factory farms and hunting. We humans are in a different reality now. And as a former zoology major who worked mainly with primates at the LA Zoo (not so proud of this), just want to point out that I can give many examples of primate species that eat meat now and again. Even tiny marmosets love eating baby birds and baby rodents and bugs. Baboons kill and eat critters along with their vegetables. But really, what is the point. They move in their reality with inherent balance. We need to learn to stop destroying the planet with our insane ways. A good start is going vegetarian, vegan or at the very least cutting WAY WAY back on flesh.

  2. According to a WDFW news release:
    The recovery and management of gray wolves in Washington and other western states will be the topic of three public meetings this month hosted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). A panel of experts will discuss ongoing efforts to recover Washington’s gray wolf population, the latest information from population surveys in Washington and gray wolf management strategies used in other states. “Wolves are a high-profile species that attract considerable public interest from people who often have opposing views,” said Dave Ware, WDFW game manager. “This is a great opportunity for people interested in gray wolves to hear from experts about the recovery of the species throughout the West.”
    Keynote speakers include Mike Jimenez, Rocky Mountain wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Wyoming; Carter Niemeyer, retired wolf specialist with the USFWS and the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services; and Donny Martorello, WDFW carnivore section manager.
    The public meetings are scheduled for:
    Jan. 16 – Center Place Regional Event Center, 2426 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, 6-8 p.m.
    Jan. 17 – Office Building #2, at 14th Ave. and Jefferson St., Olympia, 2:30-5 p.m.
    Jan. 18 – Magnuson Park’s Garden Room, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, 6-8 p.m.

    Don’t expect any kind of enlightened speach from the keynote speakers. What a pathetic bunch of self-righteous self-serving good ol’ boy wildlife managers. Whenever a species is “man”aged, the animals always end up being the losers.

  3. Not being a resident of the US, (I’m in Australia) I was interested to watch a documentary on Yosemite I think it was. The point was made that the wolves were nearly eradicated completely from this park, and the effects on the ecosystem were dreadful. Put simplistically, the removal of wolves took away the natural predator for the elks who then ate much of the vegetation that beavers used to build dams which acted as a sort of natural water conservation. The availability of water when the wolves were removed became critically low. When they were reintroduced, the vegetation came back, the beavers began to build their dams and the park flourished. Forgive me if I have got this wrong as it’s been a while since I saw it, but the point being that they are part of the ecosystem and need to be left alone. Humans can’t do better than nature, it’s time we stopped meddling and looked to our own problems of human overpopulation and our degradation of the planet through use of toxic substances.

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