Animal exploitation

A look at animal symbols prompted by boxing kangaroo controversy at Olympics.

Nations send messages with their choice of emblematic fauna and none is more unequivocal than America, which speaks volumes about itself with the majesty of the bald eagle.

The Australians speak of spirited defiance with their boxing kangaroo, the British of stoicism with their bulldog and the French of lunch with their Gallic rooster.

What Canadians were speaking of when they settled on the beaver is a question only you good people can answer, but before you do, consider what the grizzly speaks of. A 500-kilogram lump of angry fauna that gallops at 50 km/h speaks of simple, primitive, trouser-soiling fear.

And, with great respect, it’s a powerful symbol that Canada hasn’t exploited as much as it could have over the decades.


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