“Game” Laws Are the Ultimate In Moral Schizophrenia

People like to think we live in a civilized society; after all, we no longer condone slavery, human sacrifice, cannibalism, lethal gladiator games or a host of other outdated cruelties. But in reality, we’re living in a time when the accepted treatment of non-human animals has never been more morally schizophrenic.

Take, for example, the following excerpt from a UK Mirror article about a criminal case of animal abuse that could easily be confused with a perfectly “legal” bird hunt…

Locked up: Yob shot dead 18 ducks and posted pictures of rampage on Facebook
The cruel 18-year-old went on the rampage up a canal bank and when caught told police he only killed the birds ‘for a bit of fun’
12 Jan 2013
A lout who shot dead 18 ducks and posted pictures of their corpses on Facebook was locked up for eight weeks yesterday.
Cruel 18-year-old Michael Prince went on the rampage up a canal bank and when caught told police he only killed the birds ‘for a bit of fun.’
The sick gunman caused armed police to be deployed to the scene to reel him in and his friend who was also armed with a gun at the waterside.
Animal welfare bosses described Prince’s actions as ‘senseless cruelty’ as he was sent to a young offenders’ institution for eight weeks.
Prince and his pal shot birds while others they had just targeted lay flapping their wings in agony and even took aim at horses in nearby fields in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
Cops managed to catch the brainless teen when he stupidly posted photographs of his macabre exploits on the internet. …

A “bit of fun” eh? That sounds eerily reminiscent of a case of senseless animal cruelty I covered in an earlier blog post entitled, “Just Out For a Bit of Fun.”
It’s good to know that crimes like these are prosecuted (though the punishments for crimes against animals are seldom more than a slap on the wrist). The question is how does the shooting of ducks “for a bit of fun” differ from the legalized blasting of birds in the name of sport? Depending on the species, the shooting of 18 ducks can be well within the “bag limit” set by local “game” departments. And leaving ducks winged and wounded is standard practice for the average bird hunter.

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Montana Wolf Trappers Will Cause Pain and Suffering

A wolf is a highly intelligent and social sentient being. The amount of torture that trapped wolves are subjected to is immeasurable. Yet, despite massive public input in defense of wolves, the Montana state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department (FWP) just added them to their long list of species that can be “lawfully” targeted by trappers. Ignoring record-breaking outcry, the FWP Commissioners have approved their wildlife agency’s extreme “bag limit” of two wolves tortured to death per trapper, in addition to the ones they’re already allowed to hunt. What this means is that each individual “sportsman” can legally kill THREE wolves – two by trapping and one by shooting.

Anyone who has seen the harrowing ordeal suffered by an animal caught in a leg-hold trap would be appalled and outraged that trapping is still legal in states like Montana. But trappers have no qualms about the cruelty they inflict. Just ask the vice president of the Montana Trappers Association:

“We trappers do cause pain and suffering to animals and apologize to no one.” Guys like this must have an over-inflated sense of entitlement to publically blurt out something this shallow, narcissistic and utterly absent of regret.

Not to suggest they’re psychopaths or anything, but grandiosity and the lack of remorse, guilt or empathy are all key traits of psychopathy…

If society were ever to practice pre-emptive incarceration based on a given person’s potential to do harm to others, trappers would be the first to go.

For more info on the approved wolf hunting/trapping proposal, see: http://helenair.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/fwp-allows-trapping-of-wolves/article_fd2d21f2-ccb1-11e1-a3ce-001a4bcf887a.html

If you’re not happy about this, MONTANA’S GOVERNOR BRIAN SCHWEITZER would love to hear about it. He can be reached at: 406-444-3111 – or via Email:  governor@mt.gov

Photos Copyright Jim Robertson