Why do Parent’s allow their Kids to Chase Birds?
I have a hard time understanding how parents can justify allowing, while at a park or some other family outing, their kids to chase after wildlife. We’ve all seen it, some kid, old enough to either know better or be taught, giggling and scaring the hell out of birds and squirrels and such. They run after these poor animals while their parents stand by with huge proud smirks on their faces. Most of the same parents would probably not say it’s ok to throw rocks at squirrels or taunt a chained dog. So why is it ok to chase a seagull? Are seagulls toys now, and I just missed the parent information meeting about it? No, I don’t think I did. Thus, I’ve helpfully put together a list of don’ts that parents can reference when teaching their kids how to deal with small, cute, harmless animals.
You say your kid doesn’t need a lesson on how not to chase a grizzly bear? You say he wouldn’t do that in the first place because he might get his face chewed off, and he’s not keen on doing really stupid things in the first place? Right, I got it. What about if the bear chased your son around a little instead? Would that be ok? I’m sure that’d be fun for the bear.
But it’s Okay because these Animals are Pests:
No, it isn’t ok. Don’t make that argument. Some animals are pests because humans think they’re toys and have trained them to eat French fries and pickles. Animals do not exist for our amusement. That includes feeding them unnaturally tasty and addictive French fries and giving them post meal heart attacks by chasing them. Feeding a seagull greasy and unnatural food isn’t the worst thing you could do, but it’s also why there are so many of them on the beach (they aren’t all there to eat up dead crabs). I don’t think it’s very nice to lure them in with food just to chase them when they arrive. That’s called hunting.
It is not okay for kids to chase animals for fun. It’s cruel. Parents need to think about the lessons they’re really teaching by allowing their kids to do it. It’s ok to be mean to an animal as long as it’s small and defenseless. Everybody knows it wouldn’t be fun to get chased by a bear. Why can’t the same people understand that the seagulls might not like getting chased either?