Our treatment of animals will someday be considered barbarous. There cannot be perfect civilisation until man realises that the rights of every living creature are as sacred as his own.
Dr David Starr Jordan
“There is something very foul and evil in the lives of men and women who delight in destroying helpless life, especially in what is known as “‘blood sports'”.
Rev’d F. C. Baker, 1889-1961
Is the badger cull the only answer to bovine TB asks the bbc?
The real answer of cause regarding TB in cattle is to ban live stock farming and go vegan. Not likely to happen in the near future of course but we are making progress and for every person who goes vegan it is a step forward. I have written a few entries about the badger cull which I would more correctly describe as the badger massacre. Five thousand sentient beings are to be shot during the period of the pilot slaughter. That’s five thousand defenceless creatures who have as much right to live and breath and enjoy their lives on this earth as you or I or the marks men or women who shoot them without mercy or guilt or the Tory government who have instigated what can only be described as a crime against another species.
Badgers however are not the only beings who will be merciless shot to death this autumn.
Hunting season has begun and thousands of tiny grouse will die needlessly for the sake of the sick perverted pleasure of the few.
Grouse: Thousands of these tiny, harmless and defenceless birds are massacred for pleasure each year in the UK
The photo below shows stone enclosures were shooters lay in wait to shoot these tiny birds.
Butts Yorkshire Dales
There a many of these butts in the Yorkshire dales, the following photo shows one close to a footpath.
The shooters stand behind these grouse butts while others referred to as beaters drive the grouse forward by beating the undergrowth, in this way the grouse become easy targets,
On many foot paths in the Yorkshire Dales you will notice signs such as the one below.
These precautions are not for the welfare of the birds but to ensure that as many of them as possible survive in order for the grouse shooters to have as many targets as possible to shoot at. The moorland is managed in order to optimise the shooting potential so that these tiny defenceless birds can be massacred. Such tactics as burning off heather are used to produce more fresh shoots to grow as nourishment for grouse to feed while the taller heather is allowed to remain so that the grouse can hide and nest.
The slaughter of these tiny birds begins each August 12th referred to by such people as the glorious 12th and continues right up until December 10th. For many animals such as rabbits it is open season all year round.
If we are ever to consider ourselves a truly ethical society It is time surely to stop the killing of the other beings with whom we share this earth. There is something very disturbing about the mentality of a person who derives pleasure from shooting another creature.
Behind the idiotic facade of justifications such as providing employment to local people , or as part of the UK’s, or elsewhere for that matter, traditions or culture or even the more ludicrous food source excuse there is the true reason for shooting and other forms of hunting, and that is pure and simple sadistic pleasure. Yes a person like this cannot help how he or she feels any more than can a person who derives pleasure in another way. However when the pleasure involves harm it is not acceptable in any society that wishes to consider itself civilised. The justifications are many, whether to salve the conscience of the hunter or to appease those who are opposed.
Here are comments typical of hunters :
We hunt for the thrill of the chase, and the ecstatic peace that comes with being out there trying to beat a wild animal at his own game. When the chance finally comes, there is no doubt; we will kill.
How can a mentally well-balanced person possibly feel “ecstatic peace” by taking the life of another sentient being! Even if he or she does, surely an ethical rational person would set aside the desire to fulfill such emotions when the resulting actions cause harm.
The addition of pleasure was never a part of hunting for early man, it is a modern and frankly highly disturbing phenomenon:
If one is not killing in self-defense, or because one is starving, then I would say that hunting for ‘sport’ nowadays is basically a socially acceptable way to describe the ‘thrill’ of killing for its own sake. (In my next blog I will relate why it is surmised that the seemingly narcissistic exhilaration that impels the compulsive hunter nowadays, was not the psychological attitude that drove the Paleolithic hunter.)
Another hunter says:
“But ethical reasons for participating in hunting have to be based on more than giving animals a ‘sporting chance’. I see ‘game’ as a food source. I enjoy hunting, but to me that is a happy coincidence, a by product if you like, of an excellent source of meat.”
Now as the vast majority of hunters here in the UK are from the upper classes the notion that hunting provides them with a source of food is ludicrous. While I do not condone hunting in any way under any circumstances I would view a hungry poacher in Victorian times for example as less despicable as the rich man out for a bit of pleasure. Hunting wild game for pleasure has been the preserve of the wealthy in Britain since before the Normans and it is so today.
So the aforementioned justification of hunting as a source of food is beyond the remotest consideration and is farcical to the extreme as most hunters come from amongst the wealthy and often pay large amounts of money to hunt.
So you see today hunting is undertaken in western countries entirely for pleasure.
“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
Emmanuel Kant 1724-1804
You can in theory justify anything according to your own sense of what is right and wrong or according to no sense of conscience or ethics such as is the case with a person who is a sociopath. As is the case with the hunter in the quotation above, some hunters think that it is fair if the animal is given a “sporting chance.” How the hell can any animal be given a sporting change, even a lion or a tiger cannot defend himself against a rifle. Most certainly a grouse, rabbit or a wild pheasant has no chance against an ounce of lead pellets. Besides I am quite sure the animal does not want to participate given a “sporting change” or otherwise. No there are no justifications. Hunting is pure and simply murder, massacre, carnage, and the slaughter of members of another weaker species and is unacceptable to those of us with any sense of ethics and common decency
What can you do
Read more information and take action
http://www.league.org.uk/content/300/Shooting Be sure to watch the video
Keep the wildlife Crime watch number with you at all times:
Wildlife Crimewatch Line: 01483 361 108 Not all hunting is legal. Sadly it seems that hunters – usually called shooters but it is all the same killing another defencless harmless animal for fun – can kill grouse,. Hunters can also rabbits and rats and sadly now badgers under the guise of culling as a means of controlling TB. What gives any man the right to kill another animal? When will we really and truly progress towards an ethical society wherein the lives of every being is respected and valued? Sadly not while the over privileged are allowed to hunt for no good reason than enjoyment or other dubious reasons such as the slaughter of badgers to protect another abused animal, namely cows from getting TB. As ever it is all about greed and profit.
Troubled by the Shoot information
Though fox-hunting is now illegal the punishment when caught is far too lenient particularly as the vast majority of people who participate in this cruelty are wealthy and can well afford the fine. This is probably the reason they most admit guilt. A prison term would be more acceptable with the term increasing in length after each conviction.
Some anti hunting quotes for you to consider
“Hi! handsome hunting man
Fire your little gun.
Bang! Now the animal
is dead and dumb and done.
Nevermore to peep again, creep again, leap again,
Eat or sleep or drink again. Oh, what fun!”
Walter de la Mare, Rhymes and Verses: Collected Poems for Young People
A poster to several forums ask this question:
“I just don’t understand. We humans are supposed to be more evolved than this. Where is compassion? What is the joy in seeing a living, breathing creature get tormented? What kind of people does that make the people who enjoy watching or doing these things? Me, personally, wouldn’t find any sort of joy in watching a animal fight(or a human being) or hunting one down just to kill for fun.”
“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
“Hunting and fishing involve killing animals with devices (such as guns) for which the animals have not evolved natural defenses. No animal on earth has adequate defense against a human armed with a gun, a bow and arrow, a trap that can maim, a snare that can strangle, or a fishing lure designed for the sole purpose of fooling fish into thinking they have found something to eat”
“This, for many people, is what’s most offensive about hunting—to some, disgusting: that it encourages, or allows, us not only to kill but to take a certain pleasure in killing. “
Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Links of interest