Sorry for the ancient, pre-blog entry, but something triggered a memory today & it’s too good to not share.
In Dec. 2005, the NYT published an editorial by Mr. Kristof, which advocated killing deer to prevent their overpopulation and death by starvation. An enlightened individual then wrote this letter to the editor:
To the Editor:
Re “For Environmental Balance, Pick Up a Rifle,” by Nicholas D. Kristof (column, Dec. 4):
Yes, deer overpopulation is a serious problem in parts of our country. But the correct solution in the short term includes the development and employment of birth-control techniques for deer. In the long term, the correct solution includes re-establishing ecological balance through the reintroduction of the predators that we hunted into local extinction.
Mr. Kristof defends hunting by calling it “natural,” but not all “natural” activities (making war, for example) are morally acceptable.
The factors that make it generally immoral to kill a human are the same factors that make it generally wrong to kill a deer: making a sentient creature suffer and, more important, taking from that creature the thing that is of greatest value to it, the remainder of its life.
Hunting is not wrong where the practice is essential to maintaining human life. But it is wrong to hunt in the United States in the 21st century.
Grand Island, Fla., Dec. 4, 2005
The pachyderm just wants to know how this lad wants to go about implementing “birth-control techniques for deer.” Will Trojan come in “regular” and “deer” sizes? Take Back the Forest? Not that she’s complaining, mind you – it sure beats “reintroduction of the predators.”
Insight would be appreciated.
The super-fabulous Queen of Swords responded thus:
That is so f’in hilarious. Who these pantywaists? Lemme shrink their heads real quick: they identify with the deer. Like the deer, they have been allowed to overpopulate because their natural predators have been hunted into extinction by the big, bad, unenlightened conservatives who fight and win wars. But here’s where they show their lack of fitness for survival: in their panicked fear of the “hunters” with guns (equivalent to the big, bad conservatives who are actually their protectors), they would rather see the return of their “natural” predators (Nazis, Communists, Fascists, crazy African warlords, and poor, misunderstood Islamofascists).
Stepping outside the metaphor for a second—does anyone know what has happened where the natural predators of deer (i.e., mountain lions and wolves) have been allowed to breed unmolested? Anyone? Anyone? Thaaaaat’s right! They’ve started attacking and mauling/killing humans in those areas, correctly identifying them as easy prey. That’s the problem with “solutions” offered by liberals—they get everyone else killed along with their dumb asses.
How’d ya like that?
One for the ages. Had to share.