Exposing the Big Game:Fifteen years ago, my wife and chose a vegetarian diet for ethical reasons (how could we in good conscience oppose hunting or trapping wildlife, while still eating factory-farmed animals?
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Curated by Garry Rogers
Anyone who reads CB.com knows that I like to inject a bit of humour into my (often gloomy) messages. Sniggering, chortling, groaning and outright guffawing are useful ways to deal with the depressing topics conservation scientists examine every day. This is why I started the ‘Cartoon of the Week’ series, and now I have a compendiumof quite a few biodiversity-related cartoons. Cartoons can also serve as wonderfully effective political tools if they manage to encapsulate the preposterousness of bad policies, navel-gazing politicians or Earth-buggering corporate tycoons. A good cartoon can be far more effective at transmitting a deep and complex message to a wide audience than most scientific articles.
Who are these gifted artists that bring together wit, humour and hard environmental truths into something that practically every scientist wants to include in conference presentations? I am inspired by some of these people, as I’m sure are many of you, so I decided to put together a little list of some of today’s better biodiversity cartoonists.
GR: You will love these cartoons.
Richard Girling's tale of an elusive burrowing mammal turns into a compelling study of humankind's devastating cruelty to animals. In 1964, in Jowhar, Somalia, zoologist Alberto Simonetta stumbled on a disused bakery oven in which barn owls had made...
The majority of Earth's creatures have not been identified. The unknown species tend to be the smallest, but some belong to familiar groups. For example, lepidopterists estimate that only about 10% of moth species have been identified. Human impacts will extinguish many of them and there will be no evidence, not even a tiny pile of bones, to show that they ever existed.
Fish deserve better treatment based on data on their emotional lives
Evidence shows that living creatures have varying degrees of sentience and intelligence. They play, they fear, they learn, and they try to survive. All are responding to their surroundings by adjusting their form and behavior over successive generations. As they evolve, they change their environments and create the Earth biosphere on which we depend. Given time, it seems likely that other species will develop intelligence that matches or exceeds our own. Thus, for practical and ethical reasons, we should protect the creatures that furnish our home and share our existence.