Animals Like Pie

Journal entry #1 Life Of Pi

The information I received from the beginning of the novel to now is crazy! The thing that surprised me the most are the distances in which you can be from an animal for it to pose as a flight risk. This occurs when an animal is unsafe and feels the need to run away or leave an area. In regards to how the treatment of animals is, I think the zoos in general could do a much better job at making the animals feel at home.

This video will leave you sick to your stomach if you have ANY feelings towards animals. This is the Erbil Zoo located in the capital of the Kurdistan region. This video shows these animals confined in cages, left with garbage for food and absolutely no room to move driving them insane.

 

The reactions I have toward this are a feeling of disgust because they treat the animals so poorly. I was able to relate to them and feel a sense of disappointment on behalf of civilization, this is just unacceptable. How would you feel if you were taken from your home and put in a confined area or even worse, a cage. I think Pi goes into depth talking about animals behavior because it is similar to those of humans, as well as religion which is another topic Pi is intrigued by. But, specifically towards humans, animals tend to react the same way we do which is a very interesting fact. Animal behavior is very much related to human behavior in the sense that we feel different when placed in a new situation. That much like an animal when moved from the vast and beautiful jungle to a confined cage and plastic trees. One piece of wisdom that comes to mind when reading this is

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains awakened”

The incredible bond between man and beast
The incredible bond between man and beast

This piece of wisdom speaks volumes as to what animals can do for us when loved and cared for. We as humans are the most dangerous animals on this planet, not them. They deserve to live in peace because they do no harm to us unless we are the first to act. In his knowledge and concern for animals, Pi seems to be a very loving, caring and loyal man. My attitudes towards animals in this world are very open because they are all beautiful creatures. My opinion is that they aren’t meant to be locked up in cages and used as sources as entertainment for us humans. They deserve much more than they receive and time and time again we treat them in the worst ways. For example, many animal species such as West African Black Rhinoceroses who are now extinct due to US taking them away from their homes and killing them for financial gain or sticking them in zoos to eventually die. My concerns for the future are that there won’t be any animals left due to our constant need for them. Whether it be as pet’s in our homes, in zoos for entertainment, or dead for fur and food. The future for animals is in our hands and it’s time to make a change and this time, not for us.

The World Without Farms

Journal Entry #9 (183-237 pages)

A world without farms?  Nearly 12% of the planets landmass is cultivated compared to about 3% which are the towns and cities. I can predict, without farms, the lands will return to their former, pre-agro-pastoral state. Do we even know what that is? It’s the idea of the land we’ve played with over and over again May or may not recover from us. The agriculture let us settle down and the settlement led to urbanity. Yet imposing as skylines are, farmlands have much more impact. I think that because, although skylines are very pretty to look at, having a farmland will provide you with food and the essentials to live and make money which is how you survive. In a human free wilderness… “Now we’re getting that vegetation back, All the major tree species are returning.” I can predict, with the tree species coming back, so will the animals. Some, like moose, beavers and more will arrive on their own without any humans to stop them. Imagine, beaver dams spaced regularly on every stream, creating wetlands strung like fat pearls along their length. The wild would be even more beautiful than it already is, hard to believe right?

Beaver dam
Beaver dam

A ground breaking project  was Rothamsted’s research archive which was never found. It continued over 300,000 specimen sealed in thick glass tins. These specimen were labelled with a numbering system, soil and preserved plant matter just to name a few of what is sealed into those thick jars. I can predict that if someone were to find these specimen then they would find that the pH would be dropping farther into the acid  by the early 20th century. I think this because as time elapses, so does the pH of the plants and soil causing it to become more acidic. What i also noticed in this reading was how the author used foreshadowing to relate to the next topic. In the reading he talked about how farmlands were often used as war grounds and many crops were destroyed because of it. Well, the next chapter is “The World Without War”.

 

 

The Lost Menagerie

Journal Entry #5 (67-100)

A naturalist named Thomas Jefferson from the past, developed a strong interest in huge bones, which he studied for years. These huge bones ranged from animals such as elephants, Lions, mammoths and more! I think that he developed that interest for huge bones from the past theories of large animals roaming the earth, and the fact we had no idea what existed before us humans. Jefferson was also credited with founding the science of paleontology even though that wasn’t his intention. I can connect this to my own life, which is very similar. For example, whenever I’m searching for something 99% of the time I find something I’m not even looking for! Funny right? I agree.

Woolly Mammoth bones
Woolly Mammoth bones

Next is Paul Martin, a student at the university of Arizona in 1956 who noticed something odd about the number of mammals that had disappeared. Through his studies, he realized about 13,000 years ago, an explosion of extinctions had occurred. I can predict in the future that many more large animals will become extinct because of the damage humans are doing to the world. Among the missing, there was said to be giant beavers! Wait, what? Yes, giant beavers the size of black bears. I think that’s a bit far fetched considering beavers are no where near that big in today’s world. But who really knows what was alive back then when there were no humans to record it.

Menagerie: A collection of wild animals kept in captivity for exhibition

Throughout the reading I came across the word “Clovis” a lot which left me with one question. What does it mean? After some research I discovered Clovis were a Paleo-Indian culture of Central and North America dated back about 11,000 years ago. A handful of archaeological sites supposedly predate Clovis. I wonder why these Clovis people are such an important factor on figuring out how the world was geographically shaped. All we know is that these people were wiped out. But in the book it says they didn’t face any human competition but animals. How could this be possible? Were the animals their killers? what caused these people to die out? All we have is our imagination.

Taxidermy cougar
Taxidermy cougar

imagine a room full  dangerous animals but when you were in that room you felt completely safe. That’s called taxidermy, the killing of animals and having them stuffed to represent a trophy in most peoples mind. Much of the reason animals have become extinct is because we are their murderers, we have wiped hundreds of species off the planet simply for ambition. With no humans on earth, I predict a lot of new species will evolve and walk the earth like the many before them.