A Native View On The Indigenous Perspective Analysis

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For centuries, humans have successfully dominated the animal kingdom. They have risen above their own physical characteristics and demolished evolutional boundaries. Like a bird soars and a fish swims, humans have surpassed their somatic disadvantages and created synthetic versions of these methods of travel. Humans have been so successful in conquering the mobility and patterns of other animal species that it has led to the societal succession of humans from the animal kingdom. Although evolutionally, Homo sapiens share common ancestors with other animals, it is a common belief that humans are in a class of their own, separated from their primitive counterparts. This is reinforced in the pattern of colonization in human societies and their…show more content…
Humans have long used and hunted animals for food, weapons, and even clothing; but when did necessities turn into greed and fuel for consumerism? The purpose of this essay is to provide a brief history on the common use of animals and then delve into the current exploitation of animals and the problems that arise from it.
In, “A Native View on the Indigenous Perspective” the author, Kaimana Barcarse takes a look at the indigenous way of life and questions the modern use of resources writing, “Is this really progress? We are consuming our resources faster than they can be replenished, and at a rate that is not sustainable for future generations. Finally, what is a simplistic perspective?” (Barcarse 39). In today’s society, the current means of productions includes mass breeding and raising animals for a specific use. Most of the time, animals are raised for one reason only. An example of this would be the fur industry. Animals are raised solely for the use of their fur and once that is obtained, the rest of the animal is wasted. In order to understand the misuse and mass exploitation of modern animals, it is important to
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Jason Wyckoff writes in “Toward Justice for Animals”, that “Until fairly recently, philosophers and animal advocates have generally treated the question of what we owe to non-human animals as an ethical question, with a primary focus on the treatment of particular animals, rather than as a social or political question, with a focus on the use, exploitation, commodification, or systematic extermination of animals.” (Wyckoff 539). In other words, humans have only looked into the morality of animal cruelty on a small scale. Is it right or wrong? If talking about a person killing an animal for no reason, the answer would be yes. But what about the killing of an animal for a materialistic reason, such as the skinning of animals for coats, shoes, or fashion accessories? Because this is done on such a large scale, and has been for a long time, the line between right and wrong has been blurred. Today’s society condemns the illegal hunting of a lion, but keeps quiet on the legal killing of other animals to fulfill their avaricious needs. This is when the morality of the subject becomes
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