Christine,Shells For Sale....
Christine,This photo was taken in the US I would assume they have strict laws about harvesting sea creatures alive and not dead after being washed up on the shore as I always thought... So I have no Idea about the actual collecting of these shells or Starfish... It would be a shame if they were taking them alive... That would be wrong... and breaking Florida Laws...
I agree emphatically...Christine,
If the creatures had brains, surely they would thank you for publicizing this practice! So we thanks you for them and ourselves.
.........Imagine doing this to squirrels, mice or kittens!
It is, part of photography's power and writ, to be a lantern to illuminate what we do to each other and to the planet over which we have claimed dominion. You have unwittingly shon a light on an issue few understand well enough.
Wherever modern humans reach, they lay claim to the territory and paint swathes of death to all other creatures on the landscape! That is what your picture must remind us.
To kill wild creatures to eat, or to have fur to keep warm and survive, is logical. But to gather living creatures to dry their bodies for this modern trivial "entertainment", is tragic!
In this way, we promote, the waste and even destruction of the very treasures that make our small planet miraculous!