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Monday, October 29, 2007

Hunting Or Pecking.

Animals want to eat you!

I missed the meeting where PETA was voted into the ideological pantheon of the Left in America. They may be marginally countercultural, or at least new age. New age isn't the left that I signed up for. The Left is about justice, fraternalism and equality for all mankind. Yes! Protect the disadvantaged, and encourage the creative? Absolutely! Peace and democracy for all? Yes, yes! Civil rights for chickens? I don't think so.

The connection between justice and livestock escapes me. I've got pet Doggie. I'm very fond of my Doggie. I don't Anthropomorphize my Doggie. She is a dog. Humans have a history with domesticated animals , but an even longer history with hunting wild animals. Humans evolved as omnivores. Animal flesh is a concentrated source of energy and proteins that simply cannot be provided by vegetable matter. Large brains require a lot of this concentrated food. No large brained animal evolved on a strictly vegetarian diet. Paranthropus boisei, extinct about two million years ago, was the last hominid that was a herbivore. They had tiny brains. You've seen the reconstructed skulls with the massive cranial ridge that attached their jaw muscles for the chewing necessary massive amounts of vegetation it took to keep our long lost cousins fed.

Some animals are problematic. The great apes have dawning culture and proto language skills. Probably much like our ancestors three and a half million years ago. It would be unconscionable to destroy a species that shows such promise for intelligence. Beef cattle are never going to develop a mind. Chickens, and their ancestors, the dinosaurs have been evolving for two hundred million years, and have come no closer than the duckbill hadrosaurs to developing a brain and culture.

PETA and the animal rights movement takes the hominid homo sapiens out of evolved niche in cycle of life. Most animal rights folk oppose hunting and fishing, and that puts them in direct opposition to a lot of humans who get some of their diet through hunting or fishing. Preservation of the environment depends on the public will in our system, and trying to paint hunters with some sort of morally depraved brush will simply drive them to the hands of those corporate natural resource exploiters who wish to rape and run through our public lands.

Duck hunters saved the North American flyway through private/public actions long before the first Earth Day. Management of the deer populations in much of the American West is an imperative. The apex predators are gone for all practical purposes, and we are dependent on human hunting to keep the deer population in line with the carrying capacity of the land.

Including the animal rights agenda in the canon has nothing to do with the betterment of mankind or the evolution of Western culture. Animal rights is an affectation of the wealthy classes' second generation, looking for a blameless cause to succor their personal guilt.

I vote we show PETA the door, and not look back.

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