He does. So, you reckon that gives him the right to exterminate otters?The point fact is that man like other people have said controls the environment directly and indirectly.
Is there a point to this?In Spain birds are shot as sport their identity and hunting passion etc is different to the UK. UK guns by and large are frowned on. Pheasants largely rared to be blasted at the annual shoot is about as much hunting as you can hope for or deer hunting or the cute little rabbit with an air rifle, Fox hunting being banned etc.
Why should anyone shed a tear when they see those?Do I shed a tear looking at an osprey flying over a lake, or an otter bobbing along in steam ans no.
That's just bollox. Its numbers and range were greatly reduced largely due to persecution and pesticides. After the elimination of the pesticides, some localised reintroductions were required simply to get numbers back to where they should have been all along, before the big decline.But man reintroduced the otter, because some ecoclogist figured they would be great to get it be back.
That doesn't make man a predator in the biological sense. Man's dentition is that of an omnivore. Man breeding otter hounds is an example of how he exploits the natural world to his own ends. You want your fish for yourself, so you kill all those animals that compete with you for them.Hundred of years of breeding go into the otter hound (dog) for one reason to hunt otters. There is solid proof that man is a predator and uses other animals as the tool or rifle as the case might be.
Well, duh-uh.. it's an animal that eats fish. What else do you expect it to eat?Finally when you have had an otter as a pet and had to feed it you soon know how much they fish they eat!
That is nothing to do with keeping badger numbers down. It is a hotly disputed issue regarding bovine TB, and a complete strawman argument as far as otters is concerned.Just occasionally the ecologists reckon hunting and killing badgers is a good thing! To keep the numbers down....