Otters are not necrophiliacs. They are not "fur monsters," they are not "disease-ridden" and they are not "murderous." They do not exhibit "treachery that knows no bounds." How do we know all of this? Because otters aren't human.
In a recent explainer for Vox.com, writer Dylan Matthews provided a nine-point breakdown of why people should hate otters, the furry water mammals whose populations are threatened worldwide. Although Matthews's argument was likely meant to have comedic effect, there's one key problem with it, mentioned above: otters aren't human. They're otters, and considering them as anything but otters will, naturally, lead people to hate them. As Daniel Allen, a writer and otter expert, put it for The Dodo, "Matthews's case against otters appears to be a case against anthropomorphized attitudes towards otters."
Instead, it's important to value otters -- and all other animals, for that matter -- for the roles they play in individual ecosystems, and not for the ways they seem to contradict our anthropomorphizing attitudes of right and wrong. So, in honor of respecting all creatures -- regardless of their hunting or sexual proclivities -- here's a list of reasons otters are actually really great:
1) They're a keystone species.