I often wonder what life would be like if I felt the same lack of empathy and disdain for other living creatures that we see from a good number of “sportsmen” and others in our society. I am the first to admit that I am not a religious person or even a believer in any spiritual dogma. I also have nothing against anyone who does have those beliefs. That being said I find it highly hypocritical of many “believers” who claim to be “pro-life” yet get extreme pleasure tormenting and killing animals. I also wonder how it is possible for these very same people to use their religious beliefs to deny that these beings are capable of even feeling pain and are only here for our benefit and amusement. You see this when animals are described as “game,” “vermin,” or “livestock.” You see this when “livestock” are “sent to market,” not KILLED. You also see this with wildlife when animals are not born they are “produced” or “recruited.” You also see this when animals are “taken” or “harvested” rather than KILLED.
The argument that the most extreme pro-killing elements in our society uses is that “God gave us “dominion” over animals. That is quite the shield that they can put over their conscience, if they even have one. To say and convince society at large that it is perfectly acceptable to enslave and kill billions of domestic animals and slaughter millions of wild animals all in the name of “recreation” is quite the coup. Most claim to “respect” the animals they kill, yet have no problem posting photographs of them leering over a bloody animal they claim to “respect.” I do not consider myself an “animal rights” activist because I view “rights” as being a law based human construct. However, there is such a thing as common decency and a responsibility not to exploit or cause pain to the species that we share this planet with for our own selfish and sadistic needs.
It is not easy loving and caring for animals. Each day we are bombarded by images showing how both domestic and wild animals suffer for our selfish wants and for the amusement of others. Hunters and trappers have made themselves the self-proclaimed “stewards of the land.” Quite the accomplishment considering it was hunters and trappers that decimated and wiped out wildlife populations all over the world. Today, they operate what are essentially large scale farms that allow for a steady stream of targets to provide “hunter opportunity.” They do this all under the guise of “conservation” and pretending that they really care for the environment while torturing and exploiting wildlife to satisfy their own bloodlust. I cannot fathom what it must be like to think this way.
Atheists, such as myself, are often accused of “not having morals” or “guidance” in life. One study even showed that rapists are trusted more than us. Really? It’s funny how that can be the case when I respect life, both human and animal, far more than many of these so called “pro-life” types do. Are atheists starting unnecessary wars? Are atheists destroying our environment in the name of selfish greed? Why am I pointing this out? Because atheists and living wildlife advocates have much in common. The mainstream attempts to paint us as “whack jobs” when we dare stand up for life and for what we believe or don’t believe. I have put my own life in danger to protect both humans and animals, yet I am painted as having no “morals.” I give back to my community and environment, yet I am painted as an “extremist.”
What is this rant leading to? A video recently surfaced showing a prominent Missouri Christian radio talk show host and “sportsman” trapping coyotes. No only is Brad Harris trapping these beautiful animals he appears to be hamming it up for the camera while the poor coyotes suffer in the traps.
Is this what “good” Christians think is acceptable? Is this “moral?” And yet this guy has the shield of “dominion” to protect him from anything his conscience may think is wrong, if he even has one. This is what Harris claims about himself:
“Brad’s love for the outdoors is not driven by business or public exposure. It is deeply rooted in heritage and tradition that has been passed down to him through generations of hunters in his family.”
Not driven by public exposure? This sadist posts this video on YouTube for the entire world to see and it isn’t for “public exposure.” Give me a break. Then there is this article that basically tries to minimize the daily torture that coyotes endure by saying that any outrage is because coyotes look like “ugly” dogs.
And atheists are “immoral” and living wildlife advocates are “whack jobs?” If this is what passes for Christian morality, I am glad that I went to the “dark side.”