A Single Sided Prosper

A Single Sided Prosper

Logan King, Contributor

Ever since we’ve changed from a nomadic lifestyle to a sedentary one, we’ve domesticated animals for our own benefits. But do they benefit also? Humans have taken them from their own lifestyle and adjusted them to our own. Humankind are the only ones prospering from the domestication of wild animals.

The change from wild to domestic has many different changes on animals and their offspring and theirs and so on. Farm animals have undergone domestication, which has constantly changed their genetics, anatomy, and behavior. Their physical environment changed from free range to packed into human created buildings. This has affected their physical features, along with their social ones.

Back when we first began domesticating animals, they were timid and shy of humans. It took many generations for them to get used to the farm life. Fear of humans were natural for many animals because we were on the top of the food chain. Animals were always used to fearing us. Just think about wild animals today. Take a squirrel for example, timid and always fearful when we’re around. Imagine catching that animal and trying to teach it something. It would be near impossible to teach a wild animal a trade. That is how humans first domesticated wild animals.

Even though we benefit from the domestication, animals have near to no benefits from it. If we never domesticated animals, today we would have very different versions of farm life like cows and pigs. They may be larger and more aggressive to us. It is scientifically proven that the domestication process of wild animals have had only benefited humans and not the farm animals themselves. Instead of animals being ravenous, and wild, they are calm and collected.