Living with Animals

Things that could be changed -

Extinction of thousands of other species as humans ravage the world.

Biocides that are sprayed to kill everything alive.

Blindness that what you are doing as one person among thousands may contribute to killing off wildlife.

Predators preferred. Fascinations with predators like sharks and crocodiles that prey on smaller species - already at greater risk because we humans are their worst predators.

Destroying areas for wild-life - kindly leaving remnant reserves but with no corridors to travel along when food is short or to continue gene diversity in breeding - so that genetic disorders increase.

Zoos which are still inhumane or should one say unzooic, since it is the humans who are not being humane.

• Fishing and hunting methods which destroy breeding, future food stocks and unwanted species discarded. Cod and herring once filled the seas so full there could seem to be more fish than water.

• Introducing new species to a country without care about what could happen. For example, despite warnings, rabbits, foxes, European carp and canetoads were brought to Australia, and possums to New Zealand.

Jobs of value waiting. More jobs in rural and city pest eradication and prevention - or finding good uses for pests - especially before the invaders get out of control.

• Wanting to own ferocious pets is a symptom of things that are going wrong in society or wrong with the owners, who have unmet needs or fears.

• No Sorry Day yet for prisoned pets. Lack of imagination in thinking what it must be like to be your pet kept in the conditions you keep it. Lonely dogs bark all day, when they have a dog's life. A bird in a cage. A bird in a cage alone. Retirees, pensioners or others who cannot keep a dog themselves could like to take your dog for walks and be friends with it. Can two dogs be kept to be company for each other?

People in institutions can enjoy the company of pets, even if others cared for them.

• Wanting to own pets with very expensive upkeep

• Bad owners allowed to have pets they have not learnt to control or care for properly.

Terror. Children and old people terrified of roaming dogs

• Getting pleasure from the terror of other people.

Exotic pets sought, with high prices paid, resulting in loss of species in the wild and a cruel trade.

• Giving pets as presents without making sure and following-up that they will be cared for as well as wanted.

• Breeding types of dogs which have disabilities and health-risking features in order to be distinctive - eg. jaws or bone structure that cause health problems.

• Keeping predators - dogs and cats in areas where there is wildlife on which they prey - such as lyrebirds and other ground-nesting birds, and small mammals like bandicoots, bilbies and potoroos. Go and live somewhere else with your predators.