I love animals, and I can’t resist sharing fun animal photos or videos. I saw this one yesterday morning, and knew it had to be shared.
As you watch this video, you can’t help but realize that otters are smart, playful creatures. Thank goodness sea otters are still with us! Widely hunted for their fur until the early 1900’s, sea otters were on the verge of extinction with their world population dwindling to 2,000 or less. International hunting bans and conservation efforts have helped sea otter populations recover, although the species still remains classified as an endangered.
When industries claim regulation is unfair, you don’t have to look too far for an example of where it was needed and helped improve a horrible situation. I’m glad we’re protecting sea otter populations. Unfortunately there are still thousands of animal species that are threatened by man. And how about our mistreatment of domesticated animals raised by factory farms and modern CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations)? Don’t all animals deserve to be treated with respect and dignity? What can we do to make a difference? What are you doing?