Dread By Thomas Szasz: Article Analysis

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“In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten,..” Stated by Thomas Szasz. The animals live in a way where if they are not on the top of the food chain, they live in fear and worry that they may be eaten. In the article Dread is vanishing from the animal world. Here’s why that's a bad thing, by Sarah Kaplan, she explains how we as humans are leading top predators to go extinct or come close to. Sarah states, “the largest predators are dying out and no longer a threat smaller animals feel more secure and nature is thrown off balance,” The small animals live in fear, so when they go out for food, they don’t look long because they are always on the lookout for predators. When the smaller animals realize there is no danger, they eat more,…show more content…
Sarah wrote about an experiment that was tested in Yellowstone National Park, where grey wolves use to live. Over time they were either hunted or left. It was explained, “where grey wolves had been missing for decades before being reintroduced in the 1990s, showed that the presence of that single, irreplaceable predator set off a series of cascading positive effects in the environment. The elk that been preventing willows and aspen from taking root on the river bank were brought into check. Birds started roosting in the recovered trees, trout began swimming in the shady water beneath branches. Beaver marshes where otters, mink, muskrats and ducks could nest,” Bring back a predator that we took away in the first place had a huge positive effect on the land and animals around it. Having the top predators is the best way to go, they were placed on the earth for a reason and who are we to take that away. In conclusion, if we continue to kill of animals as we are doing now, the next 10 years will change horrifically. As Anthony Froude says, “Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in
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