“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. Italics Mine.
“We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing we set back the progress of humanity.”
There are two petitions concerning this issue further down.
It says a lot about a person’s character if he or she derives pleasure from hunting; enjoyment from callously and cold-bloodedly taking the life of another living being. It smacks of psychopathy, of mental aberration, a kind of warped state of mind. Or such may simply be the result of profound immorality.
“Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character; and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.”
The following news shocked me this week regarding the nineteen-year-old girl who hunts African wild animals. No it is not simply because these are the magnificent endangered creatures that we all admire and wish to preserve because they are under threat of extinction that angers me, though this is an important factor. Rather it is the cold indifference, maybe sadistic pleasure that disturbs me. Hunters make many excuses, conservation being one of the more popular, when the truth is the modern-day hunter kills for pleasure.
“It is very strange, and very melancholy, that the paucity of human pleasures should persuade us ever to call hunting one of them.”
Samuel Johnson (1709-84)
Kendall Jones a university student with aspirations to go on TV enjoys nothing better in her spare time than to hunt and kill African endangered animals. She even parades her sick pass-time on Facebook and shockingly has acquired over 100, 000 likes. Rather unsettling that so many people condone such a barbarous act of blatant cruelty.
According to Jones’ family:
“First and foremost, it’s imperative to make mention that all of Kendall’s hunts in Zimbabwe and South Africa were 100% legal with proper tags and licenses awarded on a pre-approved quota by the countries officials and wildlife department,”
“Secondly, the tags, licenses, and fees purchased in addition to the services provided by local trackers, skinners, and assistants totalled over $160,000 USD, not including travel and/or production costs…
So as long as you have a license and have paid $160,000 that makes it okay? This huge payment to murder animals in a region of the world where every three minutes one child dies of hunger, millions die from want of clean water and life saving medication is obscene in the extreme. Surely such an enormous amount of money could be better spent relieving the devastating suffering that exists in Africa rather than killing endangered species for pleasure. Are these people any better than poachers I have to ask? After all money exchanges hands and the animals die as a result.
To get satisfaction from causing pain to another creature is disturbing and to broadcast it on Facebook even more so.
The picture below surely dispels any notion that this person is a normal rational human being
The above was posted on Jones’ Facebook page.
Here is what she said about a dead springbok whose life she took with, it seems, little remorse:
“White springbok, it’s 1 of the 4 color shades of this animal! And let me tell you it’s one of my favorite kinds of meat so far!”
“Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one”
A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
Excuses Excuses Excuses
“Killing animals for sport, for pleasure, for adventure, and for hides and furs is a phenomena which is at once disgusting and distressing. There is no justification in indulging is such acts of brutality.”
The Dalai Lama
Jones argues that she’s a conservationist, telling the NY Daily News that:
“Hunters are the biggest conservationists there are. We want animal populations to grow and thrive.”
Why, so you can have more animals to shoot?
Who the hell gave her or any other person the right to control animals? Nature managed quite nicely without some over privileged unbalanced human with nothing much better to do than take pot shots at defenceless animals – against a modern weapon all animals are defenceless. Perhaps with maturity she will regret her callous cruelty, I hope so.
As for conservation:
“This isn’t conservation. Conservation is working towards finding a way to coexist with nature.”
Facebook user David Jack referring to Jones’ hunting escapades – a good a definition as any.
She continues to argue that:
“People try to say that lions will not attack a hippo, rhino or elephant, quite the contrary. Lions attack and kill the young of these species.
Again what gives her or anyone else the right to interfere with nature? Lions are predators and will attack other animals for food, for them it is natural however intolerable to those of us, including myself, who would not eat meat or kill to do so. Lions kill their prey for survival, not for pleasure as is the case with this person and others of her ilk.
“Lions that have come in and taken over a pride, not only kick the older lion out, but will also kill all of his cubs so that the lioness will come into heat again. Controlling the male lion population is important within large fenced areas,”
In nature lions do this all the time, a young lion challenges and takes over from the old one in the pride. Not very nice I know and shocking to anyone with any sensitivity, but this is the nature of lions.
She also claims that it’s a “fair chase” and the killings take place in areas where animal populations sometimes required being “controlled.”
Hardly a fair chase armed with a sophisticated weapon, besides the animal does not wish to be in the contest. Again what gives us the right to control other animals?
Excuses Excuses so many excuses to indulge in a sadistic pleasure.
Please sign two petitions
If like me, and over 100,000 others, you find the whole thing shocking. Please sign the following petition to get her story removed from her Facebook page:
Please sign this petition to tell Comcast, DirecTV, and DISH Network to refuse to air Kendall’s show. Glorifying hunting endangered animals will only serve to hurt conservation efforts and perhaps even inspire copycats:
I have to wonder if vilifying individuals such as Jones really does much of anything positive for the cause of animal rights? After all the senseless slaughter of the others beings with whom we share this world relentlessly continues, either at the hands of such a person or by the mass slaughter that takes place in slaughter houses world-wide day after day.Man’s inhumanity to the other creatures with whom we share this world sickens me in the extreme.
In the case of Jones it is the dreadful disregard for the life of another creature that is so upsetting, she is a person who has has many opportunities for a far better and more rewarding life than murdering defenceless animals.
It could be said that giving such publicity to someone such as this person could be giving them what they want, rather like giving in to a small child who craves attention. I guess that there are just somethings that make you so mad that you really have to vent about them and this is one of them.
Is she or others of her kind any better than the poachers who blight Africa and who we are desperately trying to stop before elephants, rhino and other endangered species become extinct?
“The time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men”
Leonardo Da Vinci.
It is my greatest wish that one day in the not too far future that such a time will come when the murder of an animal is a comparable crime to that of a human being and no one regardless of position or financial means can wantonly kill animals for pleasure or any other reason.
A selection of thought-provoking quotations
When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature who was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.
The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.
“A good deed done to an animal is as meritorious as a good deed done to a human being, while an act of cruelty to an animal is a bad as an act of cruelty to a human being.”
It is not THIS bloodshed, or THAT bloodshed, that must cease; but ALL bloodshed – all wanton infliction of pain or death.”