How Technology is Improving the Lives of Animals
As weird as it may sound, technology is improving the lives of animals all over the world -whether you like to believe it or not! But the speedy advancement and uses of technology are not all as positive as you may think.
Technology just like everything on earth has its successes and fails. Climate change, an upsurge of unmentionable vices and the internet’s dark web are some of what we consider the glitches of technology. Animals too were/are, victims of technology. Mass slaughtering for commercial consumption, a fast-pace and more secure black market for the sale of animal parts are just a few evils perpetrated through technology. That said, technology is making great strides to improve the lives of all animals.
Advanced Technology and Animal Conservation
Have you ever wondered how technology helps endangered animals? Although the two may seem to be on parallel paths, they are a powerful force to be reckoned with. Efforts by tech geniuses in this sector would be an unqualified apology for all the havoc our human activities have caused on Mother Earth.
For starters, it seems the tide is turning in favor of conservationists in their fight against poachers especially on the African continent. Poachers have become a nuisance as they doggedly pursue their relentless thirst for ‘exotic’ animal parts believed to have magical powers or for its aesthetics. 3-D printed synthetic rhino horns are actually a mastermind if you consider the number of rhinos who would get to keep their actual horns and life.
Unfortunately, the black market is booming and rhinoceros are seriously becoming extinct. Poachers breaking into a zoo and killing a rhino for it horn right under the glare of authority in Paris shows how desperate they are. But with the invention of these ‘purer’ synthetic horns made out of rhino DNA and keratin, the black market would be none the wiser. With these cheaper realistic versions of actual rhino horns on the market, hopefully, few rhinos may have to give up their heads.
Google Earth, drones and smart collars have opened a gateway to treasure cove of information about animals previously hidden from man. Migration patterns, hunting habits and preferred habitats of these endangered species can now be tracked, collected and studied properly. This has reduced human-animal conflicts and therefore avoided the mindless slaughter of animals by enraged humans.
Ways Technology Is Improving The Lives Of Farm Animals
Scenes from a commercial farm are pretty gruesome and would most likely have your stomach turn at the sight of a barbeque – but maybe only for a day or two. Humans have been eating meat since time immemorial and it is not barbaric, it’s just the way we are wired (except vegans of course).
After much research, scientists have uncovered the reason why we are so obsessed with animal protein – it is mostly due to its texture and taste. So the introduction of new plant protein that imitates the quality of meat is a step in the right direction in the fight against animal slaughter. Much thanks to Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger who have successfully introduced plant ‘meat’ that one could pass for ground beef or sausage.
Apps on smartphones can also be used to improve the conditions of our farm animals. For example, BCS SowDition and BSC CowDition apps help farmers to monitor the health of pigs and cows respectively. With just a few snapshots, possible metabolic diseases can be detected early.
The use of robotics on our farms has also improved the efficiency of farm labor. Automated milking robots, automatic feeders, and herder bots are changing not only the lives of the animals but farmers too. These innovations have led to a reduction in labor cost and an overall increase in yield and animal wellbeing.
The Wonders of Pet Tech
Technology is doing wonders for our pets and we can all attest to that. Days of woes as we search frantically for our missing pets are over and done with. All thanks to GPS trackers embedded inside collars and microchips planted somewhere on their bodies.
Apps are also playing a critical role in the pet tech community with features such as facial recognition for lost dogs and seamless adoption for rescued dogs. Check out PiP My Pet app which creates a picture database of lost pets from reports of owners. So anyone who happens to come upon a lost animal can take a photo and check the apps records to see if it has been reported missing. Cool, right?
Animal prosthetics is also another interesting technology advance for pets. Let’s take the story of Cola and how technology brightened her goofy doggy smile. Cola lived in Thailand and he loved to gnaw on shoes (a favorite hobby of most dogs). Until one day, this hobby of his cost him his forelegs. A displeased owner of a shoe he had chewed on chopped off his front legs with a sharp sword. It seemed like the world had come to an end for Cola and it probably would have had it been a decade ago. After nursing him back to recovery, Soi Dog Foundation gave Cola a new pair of prosthetics forelegs. His reaction? Priceless. Take a sneak peek at the video on the internet anytime you feel dreary.
Not to brag but we can boost of more intelligent pets who’ve had their fair share of mind-stimulating games at their disposal. Innovative technology has made the diagnosis and treatment of otherwise degenerative genetic conditions easier and safer.
Is Animal Tech a Sham or Not?
Technology is advancing way faster than we the creators can monitor it. And for the most part, its effects can only be anticipated until real results take place. Today, technology is not only viewed as a destructive monster but is also seen as a tool for a better future.
- How Tech is Improving the Lives of Animals –InterestingEngineering
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