Should Animals Have a Right to Privacy?
Brandon Keim

From the invention of the concept of natural science, we’ve been collecting, killing, dissecting, labeling and otherwise abusing non-human animals to their detriment. Usually, as you state, in the interests of “protecting” them. If you have a broader or more advanced perspective on the inherent value of wildness, the entire history of science is a tragedy.

I’m not sure I care whether we have grizzly bears, if one of the conditions of their survival is for every single individual to wear a tracking collar and be locatable like a lost iPhone. May as well just have robot bears.

Classification and categorization feed a utilitarian mindset that causes mass destruction (e.g., the designation of “insect pests,” “invasive weeds,” etc.) This behavior is an ego-driven human obsession — why is the Western taxonomy superior to the more useful, traditional native names for plant and animal species? It’s not, it’s simply intellectual imperialism.

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