"Driven to hunt” is the motto posted on ESPN programs, broadcast to promote the “sport” of hunting.
Now the World has been treated to video footage of none other than King Juan Carlos of Spain, and his silly wife, posing next to a magnificent bull elephant that they had just killed. To satisfy their blood lust they had traveled to Botswana at a cost equating to twice the annual average earnings. The socio-economic situation in Spain is dire, with approx half the workforce unemployed.
Let me make it clear, not all hunting is objectionable. Man has hunted in order to feed himself from time immemorial. Other species also hunt for the same reason. This accords with the natural order of things.Note that the so called "uncivilized" San bushman will always say a prayer, asking the animal he has just killed to forgive him for having to take its life so that he may live.
What is objectionable to the point of being vomitus, is the gratuitous killing of non edible animals and truly noble beasts like the lion, the elephant, the rhinoceros and the leopard.
I was moved to tears watching a program on Carte Blanche in which Asian prostitutes were flown into South Africa, on the pretence that they were hunters, so that the real culprits could have a bigger “bag” of rhinoceros. They explained that they cried when made to engage in photo shoots of these magnificent, but now very dead, animals. No doubt they were mindful of the fact that the rhino they were now sitting on for the photo, had once been brought into this world by a mother in the miracle of birth; had then been suckled and nurtured just as they had been; had suffered and endure to reach maturity … only to have its life taken in the name of “sport”. It sickened these ladies … because of their “humanness’. It should sicken all of us for the same reason.
Man is but one species on this planet. We are but a small minority if one is mindful of all other creatures, a very small minority. However, we are the only species that has this obscene, rotten mentality that it is enjoyable to kill other animals.
Part of the reason must be that we accord all other creatures no respect. They are to be taken for granted and held in a sort of blanket contempt. To us they are just animals, or mindless/stupid creatures, of no inherent worth or attributes. Because we have power, we see them as undeserving of respect, divested of any rights, least of all the right to life, the most precious of all rights. Because we have power we are imbued with consummate arrogance. In fact we don't think, because if we did, we would be overcome about the truly wondrous inherent nature of other creatures.
Take the lowly weaver bird. Tiny brain. One beak. No tuition. Despite this, this little creature can weave a nest of such complexity and utility that no man can emulate with all his brains and prehensile limbs. What is more the weaver bird will build its nest high if impending rains are going to be a deluge. How is it able to “predict” the rains?Take the green turtle. It hatches out of an egg and scurries off into a vast ocean. There, it fends for itself, unprotected by parental care and guidance. Years later, after swimming more or less around the world, it returns to the exact place of its birth to lay it own eggs. How does it do this?
Think of man’s best friend, the dog. Our bull terrier would always subject my late son’s thigh to a sympathetic lick. How did it know that the thigh contained a steel pin, put in after my son had a skydiving accident? How are some dogs able to predict when a patient will experience an epileptic attack? Do we not marvel at how other dogs are able to detect cancer cells hidden deep within the human body?
There are innumerable examples of the truly wondrous attributes that so many non-human creatures have that we simply do not understand, let alone match. The incredible cooperation of ant and bee colonies; bird and animal migrations, cooperation of lions and dolphins in a hunt, are examples of a plethora.
So why do we hold other creatures in such contempt? What is the justification for the right, we accord ourselves, to take their lives as a matter of prerogative? In terms of what process, sapiential or otherwise, does this prerogative accrue? There are no sensible answers to these questions, other than a bully boy culture of arrogance and violence.
Consider this! We imagine that at some stage we will advance to the point as to engage in productive space exploration. When we arrive on other planets, and meet other species, will we be taking our hunting rifles so as to shoot them up? Oh NO, NO, you instinctively reply. But that is the culture on our own planet! Is this a mindset that is at all tolerable?
Conversely, if men from Mars arrived and started “hunting; us, we would resist and fight to the death. This is because, like all other species, we have a right to life, that is never trumped by might! Might is never right! The whole world now professes to subscribe to this basic tenet. However we do not extend this other creatures. Because we have power we assign ourselves the right to kill them. In this way the “might is right” culture is infused into the brain and internalized by our children. Then we wonder why they grow up to succumb to violent tendencies.
And the big question is; what is pleasurable about taking the life of another creature? It would appear that the more magnificent the creature is, as a species, like a bull elephant or bull rhino, in its prime, the more pleasurable it is to kill it? What type of sickos are we? Really? How more psychologically perverted can one be?
So please understand that if you are one of those “Driven to Hunt” non edible animals, you are sick. You have a very deep seated psychological issue about your own sense of worth. You don’t feel that you are “big enough” in this world. You are acting out a sense of inferiority, insecurity, probably about your sexuality. If you give it up you will find that your erectile dysfunction and performance anxiety issues will be gone like the puff of smoke from a gunshot.
Gratuitous killing of another creature is an act of depravity. It is the antithesis of reason, consideration or compassion. Worst of all, it is due to a lack of understanding; understanding of who we are; understanding of the natural order of things; understanding of the difference between good and bad … of what is plainly evil!.
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