These days you can’t drive to your local grocery story without seeing a bumper sticker that says “Save the Pandas” or “Protect our Whales”.
These stickers are everywhere, and if I’m honest, most of the time they bother me. This is because I’ve met way too many animal rights activists who are radically pro-abortion. I’ve also met people who are willing to go to great lengths to raise awareness about the inhumane treatment of animals but are apathetic when it comes to abortion. This can only mean one thing: our society doesn’t view the dismemberment of tiny preborn humans as unjust as animal abuse or neglect.
Another phenomenon I find confusing is the media’s obsession with animal rights. When I pick up a newspaper or turn on the television, I almost always read headlines or see segments about protecting animals. When I go out to run errands, I see billboards and posters about participating in animal rescue missions or volunteering at the animal humane shelter. Don’t get me wrong, I love animals and believe they should be cared for, but protecting our own species should be at the top of our priority list.
A recent article published in Daily Mail highlights how far our society will go to ensure the comfort and protection of an animal.
Pilots have been asked not to fly over Edinburgh zoo to avoid disturbing pregnant panda Tian Tian. The Civil Aviation Authority published a notice asking pilots not to fly in the area, after the zoo requested a reduction in noise during the breeding season.
Zookeepers asked for the measure to be taken after Tian Tian – whose name means ‘Sweetie’ – was artificially inseminated earlier this year.
After months of careful monitoring, they announced last week that the giant panda is pregnant and may give birth by the end of August.If the pregnancy is successful the panda cub will be the first ever to be born in Britain, a huge success for conservationists and a coup for Scotland in the run-up to the independence vote in September.
Public interest in the panda and her mate Yang Guang is very high, undimmed by two previous unsuccessful breeding attempts.The pair, who are on loan to Edinburgh Zoo from China, failed to mate in 2012 and Tian Tian had a failed pregnancy last year.This time, aided by modern artificial insemination techniques, scientists hope they could finally see a panda cub – or even twins or triplets – born in Britain.
I can only hope that one day our society will protect pregnant mothers and their unborn babies as much as they protect a pregnant panda and her offspring.