By allowing and encouraging blood sports, society puts itself at risk, for under close examination the line between species is grey and rooted in personal bias. The serial killer, Zodiak, just one example of a hunter who turned his sights on his own species, called his victims “the most dangerous game.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not for a minute suggesting that since there’s scarcely any genetic difference between humans and non-humans, people should view the human animal just as they would any other prey. No, that would be Zodiak’s argument. What I’m saying is that NO animal should be reduced to the level of mere object to be “harvested” at will. It’s a blatant double-standard that killing people is “murder” while slaying an animal is “sport.” Both are murder. Perhaps society doesn’t want to admit how many murderers, or people capable of murder, are out there.
Human society is by no means at the apex of its evolution—a fully evolved species would have made peace with their fellow animals. Living the lie that a false dichotomy is valid only encourages rationalizations that won’t hold up under scrutiny; it also encourages people like Zodiak to move laterally across the arbitrary species barrier and turn to hunting humans.
In one of his infamous letters to the press, Zodiak wrote, “School children make nice targets,” and threatened to shoot them “as they come bounding out” of the school bus. Certainly not the kind of behavior we should enshrine with an outlandish act of Congress such as the “Sportsman’s Heritage Act” now before the Senate. What’s next, a Murderer’s Heritage Act?