THunting/Murdering Animals for Sport: What Gives us the Right?

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So it’s been quite a week for animal cruelty. First, I read about the man who literally mowed down a family of ducklings, and now I read about the Minnesota dentist who lured Cecil the Lion from his preserve, shot him with an arrow – a wound he suffered overnight before they caught up to him and killed him. Now, the remainder of his pride are at risk by other male lions who will seek to take over and possibly kill his cubs. This latest comes in the wake of stories about Rebecca Francis – an animal serial killer; also Ashley Johnston and Nathan Thompson: killers of puppies.

So here are some snarky comments I’ve read on these announcements:

“But the organization that aborts babies and sells their organs is acceptable to you…I know, it’s only a little baby…..but for God’s sake, the ducklings….who will give a voice to the ducklings???”

“I don’t really see a problem with his hunting. If he likes hunting for sport, so what? Yet, there are other commenters here, actually suggesting murder of a human being is somehow less abhorrent.”

“While pursuing his hobby of killing big game animals he has done most everything properly to follow regulations and pay all appropriate fees. Personally I think it’s a huge waste of money, but at least some of the money goes back to pay for conservation efforts.”

“I hunt deer but where I live we have to keep the population thinned because we have so many.”

Here are my comments in return:

1 – There are a ton of people mouthing off about abortions and pro-life so, quite frankly, someone actually does need to speak up for the ducklings!

2 – Murdering a human being is somehow less abhorrent? Well, now that you mention it, yes it is. Don’t like my comment? Tough!

3 – Fees that go back to conservation. Okay, that’s cool. I’ll pay a fee if I can go shoot Rebecca Francis or Walter Palmer and see to it that those funds go back to conservation as well.

4 – Hunting deer because the population needs to be thinned out. Well, guess what, at 7 billion, the human population is now more than the planet can sustain, so let’s get permits to shoot humans so we can thin out our population, too. We can start with ISIS, ISIL, the KKK, the White Aryan Resistance, Boko Haram, Al-Shabab, Al Qaeda, MS 13 members, Mexican drug lords. Maybe if we eliminate these, we can let a few more deer populate the planet.

I’m going to set up a new page, a “Most Wanted List” for people who take animal lives unnecessarily. The first inductees will be: Walter Palmer, Rebecca Francis, Jason Scott Falbo II, Ashley Johnston, and Nathan Thompson.

As humans, we possess the extreme arrogance to think that we can do whatever we please to the other species who occupy the planet – plant, fowl, animal, mammal, and fish. What gives us the right to do this? Anyone who spouts the words of Genesis to me in a comment on this post will be deleted. I’m all about free speech and discussion on differing points of view, even when they don’t agree with mine. But on this topic – it’s not going to happen!

Walter Palmer “Trophies”:

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Rebecca Francis “Trophies”:

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