Questions about animals is the topic on this week's Sunday Stealing, hosted by Bev Sykes.
1. What is your favorite animal and why?
I don't have a favorite animal.
2. Are people animals? What separates humans from animals?
Humans are a species of primates, a subgroup of mammals. Wearing clothes and handling technological tools and machines are two things that separate us from other animals.
3. Which animal is the most dangerous?
4. What should you do if a bear approaches you?
Hope for the best.
5. Do you like dogs? Why do people call the dog, man’s best friend?
Yes, I like dogs. They're probably thought of as man's best friend because they don't place any crazy demands nor stress on their human owners.
6. Do you enjoy going to the zoo? Some people consider zoos to be cruel environments for animals. What do you think?
I haven't been to a zoo in decades, and I doubt I will ever visit one again. I didn't like seeing animals caged in artificial environments, regardless of whether they were made to be like their actual homes.
Wildlife can be seen anywhere, even in urban areas.
8. Are you a vegetarian? What makes some people give up eating meat?
No. People give up animal flesh for any number of reasons, such as religion, peer pressure, and a belief that it's cruel to kill animals for food.
9. Which animal is most helpful to humans?
All animals are helpful, directly or indirectly. For instance, where would we be without the pollinators?
A house cat who gets to wander in her backyard.
11. Who would win in a fight between a tiger and a lion?
It would depend on the individual animals who are fighting. More than likely the stronger and smarter of the two would win.
12. What do you think about hunting animals? Would you like to try it?
Hunting animals for food is a good skill to have, and I would learn it if I think it's necessary.
13. Books like “Watership Down” and “Animal Farm” give animals human characteristics like human thoughts or language. Is this how you think animals really are? Or are those really just stories about people?
I think those types of stories are allegories about humans. But, more than likely there are universal characteristics (courage, territorial, fellowship, curious, and so on) found throughout the animal kingdom.
I think the poachers ought to be heavily fined as well as imprisoned. And when they're released, if ever, they're no longer allowed to own nor use weapons.
15. If we can bring an extinct animal from the past back with genetic engineering, should we do it? Which animals should we bring back?
I think we're inviting very serious trouble if extinct animals are brought back in that manner. Shudder.
So, that's what I think. How about you?
Off to Sunday Stealing I go. Please join me, if you can.