Wildlife documentary makers are breaching the rights of animals by invading their privacy, a leading academic has claimed.(via a commenter at WUWT)
Dr Brett Mills believes programmes such as the BBC's Nature's Great Events, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, are "unethical" for capturing animals' most intimate secrets on camera without their consent.
The senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia said it was wrong for broadcasters to treat all creatures as "fair game" and to fail to consider their right to privacy before recording.
Animals just like humans have a basic right not to have their most intimate moments –such as mating, giving birth and dying – broadcast to an audience of millions, he said. . . .
Update: Okay, one more nature story from the Telegraph:
A teacher with a phobia over rabbits is suing a 14-year-old pupil for compensation after she drew a bunny on the blackboard.
The teacher, from Vechta, Germany, says she was traumatised by the drawing, and claims the girl knew it would terrify her. . . .
School officials removed her from the class and now the teacher is seeking compensation for her terror and her loss of earnings, her lawyer Manfred Bormann told the court.
The case continues.