News from the Natural World: Humans dressing up as animals has been declared species appropriation.
The UN has officially declared that humans are no longer allowed to dress up as animals. The practice has been stated to be severe species appropriation. The decision has finally been reached after humans had been dressing as animals for thousands of years.
In fact, the practice started back with the human’s ancestors. Hunters and warriors would wear the skulls, feathers as well as fur for decoration. Secondly, the habit evolved into their ‘shamans’ often taking on the form of animals entirely. Consequently, by dressing up as an animal they could become the ‘Wolf’ or the ‘Tiger’. Fast forward to the 21st century and adults dress up like rhinos to run marathons. In addition, children’s parties feature face painters who transform kids into zebras. Whilst drunken University students rampage around dressed as sexy cats at Halloween. But after years and years, finally, the animals had had enough.
Dressing as animals is species appropriation
The animal kingdom decided it had had enough of this disrespect. They knew they had to draw a line in the sand and started a campaign to stop the humans. The Platypus managed to secure an interview with the animal who led the movement, Claudia the Cat. Claudia said that she was fed up of the humans dressing up as sexy Cats. Not only was it offensive to steal her species image, why did human girls have to always portray Cats as ‘sexy’. Image after image of cat ears, painted on nose and whiskers and tight black pvc outfights and mini skirts. It was sexist and exhausting. “We’re not always sexy you know, it’s exhausting and offensive. Why can’t humans just dress as ‘Cat visiting the shops’ or ‘Cat at university’. It’s just so offensive to steal our species and then portray us like that!”
No more species appropriation
In addition, it wasn’t just Claudia who was offended. All animals thought they would just have to put up with it until one day they saw a news piece on “cultural appropriation”. Cultural appropriation was the adoption of an element of one human culture by members of another human culture. It was considered even more controversial when members of the dominant culture appropriated from a human culture that was a minority or also suffered horrifically historically.
Humans were clearly adopting elements of the animal’s culture, dressing up like them, and impersonating them. In addition, the animal culture had also suffered greatly at the hands of humans. Furthermore all animal life on earth was under a current 6th extinction as humanity had ravaged and pillaged the natural world. Claudia immediately took the complaint to the UN. It met every single one of their criteria.
Without hesitation the UN declared that humans dressing up as animals was species appropriation.
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