How Beastly Humane

It’s time to recognize that we are the “beasts” and that the word “inhumane” has no meaning.  Humans invented and perfected cruelty and are about to demonstrate their humanity once again.  In this case, it’s in Wyoming, U.S.A., where hunting of wolves is set to begin on Sunday, tomorrow.  Also gassing, trapping, and aerial gunning. 

As I write this from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, I watch two bull moose grapple in the willow flats.  Huge animals with enormous racks and legs like aspen trunks, they fight by giving each other a few pushes, then backing off, stopping to munch, then nudging a little more.  Eventually one gracefully retires, leaving the other to enjoy his mastery of the meadow by foraging there for a long while.

I compare this to the way humans do battle, within a culture and with other cultures we do not understand.  Differences inspire fear, and fear generates a hate response.  Humans don’t push and retire.  When we hate, we obliterate.  We exterminate.  We poison.  We gas.  We amass our full complement  of weapons because we can.

And wolves, misunderstood, feared and hated, are about to bear the brunt of our inhumanity.  But let’s not kid ourselves.  This is humanity.  The ultimate predator uses merciless force to control his territory.

We justify this in various ways, including one which permeates Western civilization: the Bible.  Dominion and control.  This is what humans are supposed to wield over all God’s creatures.  Sometimes I wonder about the translation from Aramaic.  Whatever those words meant in the original, could a creating force have intended us to destroy?  Rather, the language must imply a responsibility to protect and succor. 

Does extermination bear the divine seal of approval?  If there is a heavenly court of justice, I’m hoping wolves sit on the bench.

For moose pictures and video, please visit Moose Battle Gently

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13 Responses to How Beastly Humane

  1. sandy says:

    I don’t like hearing this, either, Monica. What some folks call sport is truly amazing. I am looking forward to your photos.

    • Monica says:

      Thanks, Sandy. There’s an element to wolf hunting that’s very different from the traditional hunt. We don’t torture elk and deer before the kill.

  2. bluebee says:

    A lot to think about here, Monica – the longer I live the less I like the human race.

  3. giselzitrone says:

    Lieber Gruss ein guter bericht,grüsse lieb und wünsche einen schönen Tag Gislinde.

  4. kenny2dogs says:

    Hi Monica, It is a sad fact but a true one. That ever since the dawn of “life”, it has been a dog eat dog world. The strongest survives, kill or be killed and “food, shelter and sex” the stimuli . If Nature had given us an inbuilt battery to draw our energy from Then perhaps Man would not be so violent toward his fellow man and the animals that surround him. I feel if we take out the need for food shelter and sex , we dispense with the need to kill ! ( but what a boring world it would be then)
    But unfortunately for everything that walks,fly’s or swims on this planet, it just doesn’t work that way. We are born killers and nothing on this Earth is going to change that fact.

    ” The ultimate predator uses merciless force to control his territory.” You are spot on there Monica !!!
    Take care now
    Kenny.

    • Monica says:

      Dear Kenny, Thanks for this very thoughtful reply. For some reason, it makes me feel better. Nothing new here, I guess. And if nothing can be done, I might as well relax and enjoy myself. I think about Dr. Strangelove learning to love the bomb. Perhaps that’s what I need to do in this context. As I fantasize about the appropriate bumper sticker (which my husband would never let me install), instead of something on the order of “no wolf hunting” with a line through a rifle sight, it should read: “Killers Rule”. I wonder what responses that would generate.

  5. kenny2dogs says:

    That is very good Monica, a most delicious paradox.

  6. giselzitrone says:

    Tolles Video wünsche dir ein schönes glückliches weekend Grüsse lieb Gislinde.

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