FROM the beginning, man has been drawn to animals, either by necessity or
by awe. Wildlife, and later, domestic animals, served man by providing food, clothing, transport, or
entertainment for the masses. Many animal species enchanted or challenged humans over the ages, but eventually,
it is safe to say, animals were always taken advantage of in the long run. Humans came to desire DOMINION over all.
The animals that were revered for their beauty, majesty, strength, or stealth were often, in some civilizations, celebrated
as Gods--omnipotent and eternal. And believers' spiritual and physical fate was often tied to the amount of devotion lavished
upon these animal deities. You could say, some of these animal species were "loved to death"--the
very species that were so revered were the species that suffered species loss so greatly. As history wore on, and as
spirituality and holiness slid down the slippery slope toward 'bringing home the bacon' (no pun intended), man began
devising ways of exploiting animals for his own monetary gain. The subduing and/or killing of certain animals once
so revered for their strength, size, or stealth became fodder for the Roman empire's gladiators, where millions upon millions
of animals were killed for 'entertainment'. Eventually, in more modern societies, anhilating animals morphed
into that libido-enhancing activity we now call 'sport hunting'. In current cultures, man continues to find ways to
profiteer from animals. An animal is part of life on earth, not meant to have its tusks torn out for ivory
trinkets; not meant to be a laboratory study tool; not meant to be tortured and violently killed in a 'crush video'.
In our own time, the concept of animals holding intrinsic value has evolved, albeit slowly. As we witness
animals displaying traits mirroring our own human behavior, many of us have come to realize that animals are
intelligent, sentient beings. Our knowledge and awareness has increased in positive ways. Over the
centuries, long-term observation has developed into defined animal sciences and has broadened our
understanding of the true nature of animal life on earth. Even more importantly, it has unveiled the
realization that ALL lifeforms are dependent upon eachother--humans included. A symbiotic relationship--if
you will, and compulsory to human survival.
Extended knowledge of animals and plants has ultimately benefited our
lives in countless ways. We have only begun to scratch the surface: we now have cancer-sniffing dogs and we have discovered
ancient remedies in flora, such as vital, medicinal herbs to name but a few things. We humans have actually tweaked
Nature a few times with, turning the tide in a threatened species favor.
Why was the Animal
Bastion website created?...so anyone can access current NEWS & INFORMATION about animals--what we learn
about them in addition to our efforts to save them. On this site, there is also a "News
& Events" page. One easy click onto any of the listed "Links"
will transport you to hot-off-the-press events and detailed reports, from anywhere in the world. And
who knows...maybe something is happening right now in your own back yard that you are not aware of.
One last note: What can we do, as stewards of the planet, to protect our incredible living
resources? We can do something, or we can do nothing. But always bear in mind: without human intervention
and conscience, non-human species have no voice of their own! If every citizen of the planet understood
that THE ANIMALS' survival is tied to OUR OWN, many more humans would act wisely, and all species would