Who’s the real vermin?

Vermin- the term, we humans often used to justify merciless killing of innocent animals.

And what wrong do those animals do?
The answer is nothing other than just existing.

In case of wolves, they are one of the most misunderstood animals on this planet. A study done by Oregon University at the Yellowstone National Park reveals the transformation that the Yellowstone has gone through in the last 15 years since the re-introduction of wolves
Yet the science is ignored, and  they are mercilessly hunted  across the US, also in  Norway and Sweden.

In the UK,  Majority of the British public is against the badger cull. Regardless, the UK government wants to go ahead with it, even if science is in the favour of the badgers.
The only reason for this badger cull to still go on is nothing but to please the farmers in the countryside.

And they won’t stop just there, the Prime minister David Cameron is determined to repeal the fox hunting ban to please  the fox hunters!
It seems some countryside votes and posh votes  matter more to the Tory government than precious lives.
Yet again, who’s the vermin here?

To combat man-animal conflicts, the Indian government came with an ‘amazing plan’. It is to make it easy for the State governments to declare wildlife as vermin so that they could be hunted to extinction.

Australia’s iconic kangaroos aren’t spared either.
Almost 90 million kangaroos and wallabies have been lawfully killed for commercial purposes in the last 20 years.

Western Australia  for its part started culling sharks, to ‘protect’ beach goers.

More than 70 million sharks are killed every year, with Indonesia being the top shark finning nation in the world.

Trophy hunting is yet another cowardly practice of killing defenseless animals with guns and claim victory. Some of them go for trophy hunting as though they are going on a vacation with their family, and even encourage their children to be a part of  that bloodthirsty cult.

Infographic: How many animals get killed by hunters in Africa each year?  | Statista

Courtesy: Statista

And Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM)  is responsible for rhinos and elephants being driven to extinction, not just elephants and rhinos, tigers, pangolins and almost everything  that breathes.
Every year, the dolphins and small whales are driven into the Taiji cove and are ripped apart from their pods, captives are selected and the rest are slaughtered mercilessly, despite of the global outcry.  Faroe Island’s pilot whale slaughter, Peruvian dolphin-cum-shark slaughter,  Norwegian whaling, Canadian sea hunt, Namibian seal hunt………. and the list goes on.

The Hector and Maui’s dolphins are  endemic to New Zealand.  Even after the  Maui’s dolphins population went below 50, the New Zealand government wouldn’t do anything to save them from gill net fishing and trawling activities.

Commercial fishing, mining and drilling activities are taking its toll on the ocean bed.

Coral reefs  are dying at an alarming rate due to various reasons like  overfishing, coal mining, pollution and global warming.

While the rainforests of the ocean, the coral reefs are dying, the rainforests of the land aren’t spared either.

The Amazon rainforests are disappearing at such an alarming rate.

They are being cleared  for palm oil plantations, driving thousands of species towards extinction, including the orangutans.

Eventhough palm oil plantations play a major role in rainforest destruction, the foremost cause of rainforest destruction is animal agriculture.

And animal agriculture has impact on both animal lives and the environment. The plight of farm animals and fishes are mostly ignored, even though we put them through hell, torturing them and slaughtering them in billions every year.



Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years, claims WWF.

But the very same WWF has defended Canada at CITES meet in going ahead with the  polar bear hunt. Hypocrisy at its best!

We don’t just  kill other species, but also kill our own kind over greed, power and religion.

We infest the world with oil spills, plastic wastes and nuclear wastes.  More than 270,000 tons of plastic floating in the ocean. and nuclear disasters have had their lion’s share, yet we never learn and still promote nuclear energy and nuclear weapons are developed from time to time.  Even after Fukushima disaster, Japan is  still going ahead with their nuclear projects.

We have been delusional that we could get away with whatever we do to our planet and our fellow dwellers. How wrong we have been!
And now, planet earth is at the brink of Sixth mass extinction and we humans are responsible for it!




Yet we call the other animals vermin!

But seriously, who is the real vermin here?

Without a doubt, we humans are the real vermin on this planet.

Instead of blaming other species, we humans must take responsibility,  and get  the greed and blood-lust out of our system. We should realise that, this planet doesn’t belong to us, it’s us who belong to this planet.

Courtesy : Inside Divine Pattern
(Courtesy : Inside Divine Pattern)

Non-human beings are our fellow earthlings and they have every right to share this planet with us.
The only way forward is to live and let live. That’s the only way to save ourselves and our planet. The sooner we wake up the better.

(The same has been published in :
http://www.vivaactivists.org.uk/blog/who%E2%80%99s-real-vermin )


15 thoughts on “Who’s the real vermin?

  1. Kate Cassidy

    That is a wonderful article, Hj. I too hate to hear animals being called “vermin” . No animal is vermin and as you rightly said…we know who the vermin are. As for the badger cull it is so cruel and really has no effect.. Why not vaccinate all the cattle…badgers are supposed to be a protected species in the UK…such hypocrites…well done HJ.

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  2. Ariane

    Congratulations HJ on your new blog. Very informative. Sadly, in Canada fishing is considered a relaxing activity !!! People would do it over the week-end…or they thinks it’s a kind of sport. Insensitivity at its best. Very sad.


  3. Sherry Jones

    great article, Hj! i’m pretty sure you’ve seen me post this b4, but just in case it’s of interest to any of your readers, you know my response to this total DISCONNECT w/nature that far too much of humanity seems to WANT for reasons i’ll never understand is the quote from “The Outermost House” by Henry Beston [1928], hope you don’t mind my posting it here as well! =^..^=

    WE NEED ANOTHER AND A WISER AND PERHAPS A MORE MYSTICAL CONCEPT OF ANIMALS. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.


  4. Wow, what a great blog. It is so sad to me, that we, as humans keep destroying the earth. The we, as human, are willing to cull and murder -in the name of what a government thinks is best. What is missing here? Basic respect and love of other sentient beings-that’s what. How much longer can this world go on with rampant speciesism? I go to bed each night with a prayer and high hopes that things will change. We must work towards that. We must.


    1. Thank you so much, dear Tina. I know. So sad what’s happening.
      Bless you. Yes we must work towards change, let’s do everything we can to change the world from the way it is. Together we stand for a better world.


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