Humans must learn to coexist with animals

The word cull is more about human inconvenience and guilt feelings

Many Greater Victoria residents are sensitive toward the plight of other species.

Deer, rabbits, horses, calves, etc. are sentient beings. Although some humans still assume we are the only species capable of emotions and physical pain truth is humans are not alone in feeling joy and suffering.

As for the term “cull” what’s with that? A human word invented to cover up our guilt and insensitivity sentencing other species to die simply because we find them inconvenient to our way of life. We need to understand we are killing some other species’ child, mother or father in cold blood.

There is only one species that has overpopulated the planet and produced a way of life which is destroying the balance of nature on this planet. Getting back that balance will not be easy. Finger pointing towards other species for human mistakes is not the answer.

Thoughtful, compassionate solutions for coexistence are there.  The Luxton rodeo now gone forever, volunteers giving donations, their expertise and time to come up with solutions to relocate rabbits left by some humans to fend for themselves in an unnatural environment on a busy highway interchange, and those who care enough for deer to give their time and energy to voice concern over the planned killing of a beautiful species are a few examples of compassionate Canadians working selflessly to move us positively forward to a balanced future.

Paul Connolly

Victoria

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