Buy the sky and sell the sky,
And bleed the sky and tell the sky, don’t
Fall on me.
Although a predictably speciesist NY Times editorial about the dangers birds allegedly pose to air travel ended up discussing a possibly helpful “avian radar,” the piece was ultimately designed to reinforce the delusion that Homo sapiens own the skies.
Thus, I thought it’d be a good time to yet again illustrate how human behavior is definitely not for the birds:
For example, every day, 23 million chickens are killed in the U.S. for food (sic); that’s 269 per second. (P.S. The global animal by-product industry murders tens of billions of animals each year, consumes one-third of the planet’s land surface, and is the #1 source of human-created greenhouse gases.)
For those of you scoring at home, that’s billions of birds victimized by our beloved way of life while we debate things like “smart land-use and wildlife management.”
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
It’s Hitchcock in reverse as the planet’s most destructive species systematically slaughters everything in its path. I don’t wanna live on a planet without birds. Do you? In fact, I can’t live on a planet without birds and neither can you. So, what should we do about it…now?
Sure, in the short term, avian radar is certainly better than the indiscriminate slaughter of birds—an approach with no proven benefit except public relations—there was one line in that Times op-ed which inadvertently pointed us in a far more holistic direction:
“It’s illusory to think we can sufficiently regulate the environment and kill our way out of this problem.”
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