“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after all, we no longer condone slavery, human sacrifice, cannibalism, lethal gladiator games or a host of other outdated cruelties.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.



11 thoughts on ““Game” Laws Are the Ultimate In Moral Schizophrenia

  1. I love how “hunters” try to distance themselves with poachers because they do it “legally”, with me there is no difference, you both kill and you both exploit others for fur, ivory, and flesh.

    “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.”
    –Martin Luther King, Jr.

  2. Poaching is what killed the last Java Rhino in Vietnam.

    Also Dian. Fossey.

    It was hard enough growing up with murder on the TV without the horrible news she was murdered by poachers. I was a little girl. 12 years old and cried when I heard the story.

    Brutality is a mantra for poachers.

  3. I think 4-H and hunting for sport desensitize children to cruelty to animals and both should be illegal. I could never understand how someone could raise an animal from birth and them send it to slaughter, nor could I ever understand looking at the beautiful face of a deer in the wild living its life and shooting it. The whole concept perplexes me.

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