Saturday, February 02, 2008

Tatiana

When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity. The distinction between crime and justice is no greater.
George Bernard Shaw

This lovely animal was in the news not too long ago involving tragic death at a zoo in San Francisco. The tiger was being a tiger. The humans being humans. Neither had a pretty outcome and both completely unnecessary.

I have views about the concept of zoos. While they do allow intimate views of animals that would never ordinarily be observed, they also house animals in a confined, often hostile environment, especially large animals, such a tigers who have much larger territories than a penned enclosure.
Mental and physical problems arise in the animals and they often react, both as a wild animals should and as stressed wild animals should. However, humans always conclude this behaviour as out of character for the animal.

I'm always on the side of the animal.

4 comments:

pencilwizard said...

Could not agree more with you, I always think of the animals....like this especailly with the name underneath.

Maria Hathaway said...

That is such a good point. They recently shot a bear for attacking a human here in Utah and I thought to myself, "they shot a bear for being a bear?" The problem is, humans are building homes in areas that have for centuries been the natural habitat of bears and other wild animals. It's not their fault we're taking over and yet they suffer the consequences.
Anyway I love your drawings and your blog. Hope you don't mind if I stop by more often.

Jeanette said...

THanks pencilwizard, animals can't help being animals can they?

Maria, you're always welcome here.

And yes, they've done that here too, to black bears and sometimes polar bears that wander ashore, hungry and disoriented. The humans flock around them for the novelty then the poor beast gets shot because they're suddenly 'a danger'. Frustrates me no end how humans destroy the world in so many ways.

Jan said...

I love this tiger, Jeanette. I also like the way you've done the name underneath but it's the tiger that draws my eye.

quote from Jeanette - "The humans flock around them for the novelty then the poor beast gets shot because they're suddenly 'a danger'. Frustrates me no end how humans destroy the world in so many ways." end quote

We have "wild" animals here that used to stay mostly in the woods that pretty much surround us. Except for deer and the occasional possum (o'possum), the animals stayed to themselves. We've recently had some new homes built not far from us and I've seen animals I've never seen before!

Anyway, I couldn't agree with you more!