Reprinted from the Yodler.
It has been customary for people to assume that when we are not directly interfering with wildlife, we are not harming them. Besides being a convenient rationalization, this assumption is understandable: We assume that others, even members of other species, are like us. We don't feel very threatened by the presence of other species; we are, after all, the top predator. We also live surrounded by plenty; most of us can't imagine what it is like to go hungry for even one day.