I’ll admit some of the titles of the articles on this site may be slightly hyperbolic, and yet this title is probably one of the least exaggerated. Be afraid. Be very afraid. There exists a race of mutant mosquito’s that never sleep and feed on human blood.
This is part two of a series of blog posts, click here to see the first post.
Most instances of trophy hunting found today are of individuals in camouflage with high calibre rifles lurking in the bushes, bravely waiting to shoot an animal from a safe distance. It’s somewhat analogues to taking a sledgehammer to a hedgehog, being neither an indicator of bravery or intelligence and in most cases appears to be the sad hobby of a quivering adult male suffering from a severe type of Napoleon complex. However! These people exist and perhaps regulation is better than prohibition, something that throughout recent human history has consistently shown itself to never work… This blog post is on the unnatural (or human) selection pressures of trophy hunting, particularly on one animal.
Natural selection is the key mechanism in evolution. It is the ‘selection’ of desirable traits that allow for plants and animals to best adapt to their surroundings. However as time progresses there surroundings appear to be mostly of a human creation. As mother nature steps aside and we humans begin to shape the world, these plants and animals must adapt to living with us, rather the slower natural change of nature.
This is a process we can call ‘unnatural selection’. I suppose you can make the argument that humans are part of nature and as such cause natural change, but the global influence we have is nothing like anything else found in nature. Humans are very odd.