Badger Culls – What does this say about human nature?

The Guardian in the UK published a headline today about the government’s insistence on culling badger populations in the summer of 2013 despite a majority against it. If you know someone with any sway in British government and want to find out more about why farmers would be so cruel in the ways they try to kill badgers, watch this video.

The larger question for me as founder of Naturestage is why do humans need to be the only species that uses systemic cruelty often on such massive scales when we have so much potential to behave differently? How are people involved in culling able to disconnect from the cruelty and suffering they cause and how might this be useful in looking at human to human treatment, whether it is in bullying or torture or general suppression of others by any means. How can art impact what could happen to the badgers?


About naturestage

Miranda Loud is the Founder and Artistic Director of the non-profit NatureStage based in Waltham, MA, and is an interdisciplinary artist - classical singer/organist/filmmaker/photographer and environmentalist. She writes about the vital need for education to include a more heart-centered approach to studying other species that leads to a sense of stewardship. Naturestage creates works that foster empathy and kinship with other species, using the emotional power of storytelling in different art forms, mainly film, photography and music. She is also a public speaker on art and social change. Her current projects include The One Language Project, Park Dreams, The Elephant Project, and Elephantasia which all use different art forms to encourage a mind shift in how we relate to other species by asking "How would the world be different if we viewed other species as someones instead of somethings? If, instead of drawing lines, we drew circles?"
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