human treatment

Which Comes First: The Needs of Endangered Animals or the People Who Live with Them?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | April 14th, 2014 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: China, conservation, Eco Travel, Endangered Species Act, endangered speices, environment, gray wolves, human treatment, International Crane Foundation, nature, species extinction, travel, Uganda, wildlife, wildlife poaching, Yellowstone National Park

Mountain gorilla

Wildlife conservation campaigns often focus on the needs of endangered species, asking you to donate money in order to save their habitats, fight poaching of them, stop illegal trade in them or build refuges for them.

But at a recent seminar at the Royal Anthropological Institute in London, Professor Catherine Hill of the city’s Oxford Brookes University suggested that such campaigns may be doomed to fail unless an added, important issue is addressed: the attitudes and feelings of the people who live in the threatened species’ ranges.

According to the results of a recent study conducted by Dr. Hill, residents of communities in Uganda felt that they were being treated as though their lives were worth less than those of the animals that surrounded them.

Can conservation efforts, then, no matter how well intended, ever succeed if the local populace feels that their needs come second?

The Truth about Free-Range Chicken

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | August 24th, 2006 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: farmers markets, free-range chickens, free-range eggs, human treatment, poultry

I’m not a vegetarian, but I am an animal lover, and I do care about how livestock and poultry are treated before they end up on my plate. That’s why I’ve become increasingly interested in the notion of free-range chicken and eggs — I envision the chicken I’m eating (or her eggs) whiling away her days in a grassy pastoral with plenty of fresh air and water.