Images have emerged of more animal rights abuse in the Middle East – this time in Jordan. A video was posted on a Jordanian news site showing two men boasting about the killing of an owl. Conservationists in the country were rightly quite upset about this, particularly as there have been concerns about the falling numbers of owls.
Sadly this is in a long list of animals rights abuses that Green Prophet has reported on from across the region. In the last couple of months alone we have reported on a Kuwaiti posing with dead wolves, the massacre of 12 flamingoes as well as thousands of endangered fruit bats which were gunned down in Lebanon. Whats more, despite laws to ban the ownership of exotic animals in the Gulf, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more pet cheetahs being paraded around.
It’s honestly just astounding. Every week it seems as if some idiot has either posed in a picture or posted a video of themselves next to a tortured poor animal. I just don’t understand the logic of it all. Okay, you killed an owl. What does that even mean? Is that supposed to be an achievement? I mean, really it’s a harmless and defenceless bird which happens to have a dwindling population.
How can killing it be momentous enough to warrant a photo? Surely that can’t be a highlight in someone life. Will they be flicking through photos with their grandchildren saying “And this is when I got married. This is when you’re father was born and oh yes, this is when I killed a poor owl and contributed to its extinction”?
I know that in Jordan the owl represents bad luck but does that make its killing justified? Should we also be killing black cats? Reports did emerge that Gray wolves in Jordan were being hunted, poisoned and ran over as they are considered a huge threat but surely, it’s different for such a clearly harmless creature? Well, apparently not.
Head of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature’s field research, Ehab Eid, told the Jordan Times that hunting is a real threat to the owl population in Jordan. “People hunt owls because in our culture, owls are thought to bring bad luck and jinx those who see them,” Eid explained. However, owls have many benefits that people are not aware of, Eid said, such as limiting the spread of rodents that carry diseases.
: Image via Jordan Times/MENAfn.
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