'Owl want to be alone' - do animals deserve privacy?
Wildlife documentaries deny animals their 'right to privacy', an academic has claimed. Is this taking animal rights too far?
Dr Brett Mills, from the University of East Anglia, admits it might seem odd to claim that wildlife has a right to privacy, but says that producers of nature shows often ignore behaviour which suggests animals want to be left alone.
He said: "We can never really know if animals are giving consent, but they often do engage in forms of behaviour which suggest they'd rather not encounter humans, and we might want to think about equating this with a desire for privacy."
Are wildlife documentaries an invasion of animals' privacy? Do you think animals understand the concept of privacy? Is it more important to learn about our wildlife than respect an animal's privacy? Are you involved in making documentaries?
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