They’re Plotting Against Us
Mankind – the dominant species – rulers of the animal kingdom. Our mastery of food production, mass transportation, and recorded history are some of the “little extras” that keep us sitting pretty on the top of the food chain.
Our reign, however, is in jeopardy. Deforestation, drought, erosion, pollution, and global warming are major challenges to our survival. Do the very comforts that make our lives easier, cause more harm than good?
Now don’t get me wrong, I like air conditioning and fancy cars as much as the next gal. And I’m not looking forward to a resurgence in cave dwelling. But you have to admit, Mother Nature seems awfully mad. It’s almost as if the animal kingdom is organizing against us.
Killer Bees and Disappearing Honey Bees: “A Bee Movie” without the happy ending. Several decades ago, angry bees started arriving from Africa. Boy, were they mad. Perhaps taking their cue from these killer bees, honey bees have since gone on strike. Entire hives are disappearing. Who’s going to pollinate flowers and ensure that the world’s greenery flourishes? And where will we get honey for our delicious, flaky biscuits? This can’t be good.
Mad Cow Disease: “Barnyard” without the friendly cows. For thousands of years civilizations have flourished around the animals that they have hunted and/or domesticated. Milk and meat provided nourishment while skins yielded clothing and shelter. However, the cows of recent years seem to be miffed, or dare I say mad – as in mad cow disease? Cows everywhere, I apologize. That soft, comfy leather sectional in the living room is simply a function of practicality. It’s nothing personal …. (sheepish grin – oops, you’re right, let’s leave the sheep out of this).
Bird Flu: “Chicken Run” with a more sinister plot. The birds have turned against us too. All I can say is that Colonel Sanders never intended for this to happen. The avian or bird flu has caused worldwide panic and the destruction of many a fowl. Who’s next, the penguins? Sorry, I watch way too many animated features.
Swine Flu: “Charlotte’s Web” on steroids. Now, the swine flu – as if the normal flu wasn’t bad enough. The swine flu is a respiratory illness found in pigs and is generally transmitted to humans through direct contact with the infected animals (staying off the farm isn’t precaution enough). Person to person transmission occurs through coughing, sneezing, or contact with a person who has the swine flu. It is not contracted by consuming pork or pork products.
There is no human vaccine for the swine flu at this time, but four antiviral drugs are approved for treatment in the United States. It is essential that treatment is started as soon as possible once symptoms are detected. Symptoms include fever, coughing, lethargy, loss of appetite, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. In other words, it is very similarly to the regular flu. Take care of yourselves, wash your hands thoroughly and often, and try not to worry. At least not too much.
PS: In case you are not an animated film freak like me – A Bee Movie, Barnyard, and Chicken Run are animated Hollywood movies and Charlotte’s Webb is a children’s classic (book) which can also be found in animated form.